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by Paul on 03/30/14 at 08:20 AM ET
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Everybody in this organization is in trouble. Nobody is safe, although GM Dave Nonis, signed to a new contract just last year, figures to be.
Team president Tim Leiweke, having seen positive change with Toronto FC and the Raptors in a short period of time, is unlikely to look at the smoking crater created by this eight-game Leaf collapse and suggest slow-and-steady is the correct approach.
That said, what other options does Leiweke actually have?
Really, the most radical course of action the Leafs could take now would be to decide their core — Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, James van Riemsdyk, Jonathan Bernier — isn’t good enough and isn’t going to be, and strip this thing down to the wood.
Which would guarantee at least another five years of Oiler-like losing.
Hard to see anyone would advocate that.
The worst scenario would be for the Leafs to do what they almost always do — abandon young players not yet fully formed for short-term band-aid solutions they live to regret.
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