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In With The New... In With The Old

Since Brian Burke has been at helm, the Toronto Maple Leafs organization has restocked its prospect cupboard and have instilled hope in a fanbase desperate to win. Leafs fans have witnessed both highs and lows during the 2009-10 season and, although they must watch helplessly as the Boston Bruins select either one of Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall, there is now legitimate reason to believe the Stanley Cup drought could come to an end. When? Who knows, but Burke is taking it one step at a time—and, somehow, avoiding the traditional five-year rebuilding plan in the process. And what, pray tell—always wanted to use that in an article, isn’t it such a sophisticated word?—will be th...

Thank You Notes - Leafs Season Edition

Kaberle shows his true colours having the audacity to shake that man's hand while playing for this team. Seeing how the only good thing to come out of Toronto in recent memory is Drake, it doesn't really take much to get a thank you these days. So even with this abomination that is the Leafs' season coming to a close, I still managed to muster up some thank you's to send them off. So here we...GO: Thank You...Colton Orr for your productive season in the violence column. If this was Season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter instead of Season 42 of the Leafs' Stanley Cup Drought, you might be a winner right now. Thank You...Darryl Sutter. At first Leafs fans were worried about the Phaneu...

A Monster They Can Fear

This isn't about the villain in an upcoming horror flick, but Leafs' netminder Jonas Gustavsson has lived up to his billing during the last stretch of the season. He won't get you in your dreams, but you better be wide awake if you want to have any success against this rejuvenated monster. It's almost as if since the trade that rocked this city, someone has hit the reset button on this kid. Unfortunately, there was no reset button on the Leafs' season. Speaking of horror flicks and nightmares, I'm back. I've had a nightmare of my own this past week with my laptop crashing. Life without Internet has been no life at all. But for now, I've set myself up on a temporary computer while my...

Spring Time Means Leafs Come Out

Prior to the NHL Lockout, Toronto was the only city where Leafs would fall in the spring. But post-lockout, the Leafs seem to have gone back to their roots and only begin to bud in spring. That would be great if the NHL season coincided with the spring and summer seasons, but unfortunately it doesn't. Well in typical post-lockout Leafs fashion, the boys are at it again. The late season surge never seems to fail. Well it does fail in the sense that it never gets them anywhere, but it never fails in frustrating fans. Well this year the jokes on them. We don't have a 1st round pick, so please, go ahead and move up the standings and save us the embarrassment of the Bruins picking eithe...

A New Attitude

Believe it or not, but it's been 43 days since the trades that rocked this city. 43 days ago, the face of this franchise underwent a big face lift, and in my opinion, they're better for it. I'll always remember jumping out of bed as my brain desperately tried to comprehend the text message I had received from TSN notifying me that Dion Phaneuf had been traded to the Maple Leafs. I was very excited and I still am. I've never seen a Leafs team this young, it's a nice change. A lot of things have changed with this team this season, but the most important change has been the attitude. One thing that this team has lacked since the departure of Mats Sundin is passion. Most of the players...

The Kids Need To Get It Done

The biggest change in this team over the last six years has been age. Six years ago, the Leafs were well on their way to what fans thought might be a successful post-season. By the end of the 2003-2004 season, the Leafs were deploying the likes of Mats Sundin, Gary Roberts, Alex Mogilny, Joe Nieuwendyk, Ron Francis, Brian Leetch, Owen Nolan and Ed Belfour. Six years later, times have changed. All of those seasons of going for it, with big splashes at the trade deadline have taken their toll on the Leafs the last few seasons, but that has never been more evident than it has been this season. With the team practically stripped down to its bones, it is evident that the Leafs cupboard of...

Ace In The Hole

There was a little excitement among Leaf fans today when Kaberle told the media that he and Brian Burke had an agreement in place, where Burke would bring any trade offers he received to Kaberle and he would give it consideration. But excitement soon turned to disappointment as Burke told members of the media that they had explored the very few avenues that Kaberle made available to them and there was nothing. The truth is, Burke wasn't trying and he was smart. Kaberle not providing a long list of teams was worse for Kaberle than it was for the Leafs. Given that the Leafs miss the playoffs, Kaberle's no-trade clause will expire this summer, giving Burke the option to trade Kaberle to 2...