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Toronto’s Wasted Season

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

It’s a shame, really. At this point in the season, we should be talking about how Phil Kessel is closing in on 40 goals and has thrown his name into the mix for the Hart Trophy. We should be debating whether Jonathan Bernier’s numbers are good enough for a Vezina Trophy nomination and how James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri, Morgan Rielly are all taking steps towards stardom.

With three games left in the regular season, this should have been a time to celebrate individual achievements and start thinking about playoff matchups. Instead, after finally rinsing the bad taste of a Game 7 collapse from their mouths, the Toronto Maple Leafs are once again back at the sink and reaching for the mouthwash.

The Leafs, who can be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs as early as Tuesday night, wasted an 80-point season from Kessel, which is currently good for fourth in the league. The last Leafs player to finish in the top five in league scoring was Mats Sundin in 2001-02.


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From the very start of the season I couldn’t understand what so many seemed to see in the Leafs that convinced them that they were a lock for the playoffs.

Posted by godblender on 04/07/14 at 06:07 PM ET

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Right now, with Bernier out with a torn MCL, Dave Bolland still recovering from a severed ankle tendon, and Joffrey Lupul set to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus, the Leafs look a broken team in need of repair. A regulation loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, combined with a win by the Columbus Blue Jackets would knock them out of the playoffs.

Boo frickity hoo.  Laffs have 206 MGLs vis a vis Pens’ 483 and Wings’ 342.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 04/07/14 at 08:14 PM ET

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