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Leafs Lacking In Many Areas

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

This is where a big-game scorer should have been buzzing the net.

This is where someone with a dressing room presence should be commanding the floor.

This is where a loud hit, huge save or pain-inducing shot block would speak volumes.

This is where a team should be having faith in the system it learned in camp, not trying to learn a new one on the fly.

And failing all that, this is where a team should be drawing on its bank account of playoff points, collected through a winter of nurturing leads, avoiding soft goals, making the most of home games and stealing points in overtime and shootouts.

But on Sunday afternoon in Washington, the second of back-to-back shutout losses, Maple Leafs looked very much like a team headed for a fourth straight playoff hiatus under the Brian Burke regime and the seventh silent spring overall.

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What?  I thought it was all the goalies’ faults?!?!?

Posted by Garth on 03/12/12 at 02:25 PM ET

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Ya, you betcha!  Their goalies have made the Leafs not score.  Burke must take responsibility for building this mess.  He bragged about the team he would construct when he took the job.  It is his creation and it is terrible. 

He should depart voluntarily at the end of this futile season.  He won’t, so he and his staff must be fired. 

I hate to say this, but I really feel for the frustrated Toronto fans.

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 03/12/12 at 02:52 PM ET

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Well, when your franchise has a below-average GM and a mediocre coach, that’s pretty much the ballgame.  There isn’t enough dumb luck in the world to make up for that..

It took a solid GM and a solid coach in Pittsburgh to turn things around, and a willing hand from Bettman to boot.

It’s not going to happen in Toronto until they get someone good running things up there.

IMO, in a few years it’s going to be Kenny Holland.  He’s 56 now and has a 5 year deal both he and Nill signed in 2010.  Wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Holland (and Nill) take a gigantic offer from the Leafs in a couple seasons once Toronto gets well and truly disgusted with Burke, which should only take another season or so.

And then in all likelihood Stevie will be in year 3 or 4 in Tampa and we’ll know if he’s ready to come back and run the show.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/12/12 at 03:36 PM ET

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IMO, in a few years it’s going to be Kenny Holland.

I don’t buy it.  I can’t see Holland going from the relationship he has with the singular owner of the Red Wings, likely getting carte blanche to do what he wants an ownership group where he’s going to have to be continually looking at the bottom line and having to please a board of directors who are all looking out for the interests of Rogers and Bell.

He’s got a dream relationship with Mr Illitch.  My guess is that when he leaves the Red Wings he’ll be retiring.

Posted by Garth on 03/12/12 at 04:46 PM ET

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