The Toronto Maple Leafs entered the 2009-10 season with lofty expectations set by the General Manager, Brian Burke, which fueled a widespread notion that, despite the team’s penchant for mediocrity, the Leafs would finally attain the playoffs.
However, just a few games past the half-way mark, the Leafs sit 14th place in the Eastern Conference, and have made little improvement to suggest they will propel themselves in a playoff spot come April.
While observers of the Blue and White have pegged the club’s core issue to be a lack of scoring, specifically the need for a sniper, the penalty kill, or lack thereof, has proven to be the Leafs’ Achilles heel.
In fact, the Philadelp...
The Toronto Maple Leafs are ranked third in the Eastern Conference during the last 10 games with a 6-2-2 record, and while that is no major accomplishment, it’s an indicator that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
I’m not referring to the late-season battle for playoff berths in the bottom seeds, which seems to happen regularly since the three-point games were introduced after the lockout, but rather the National Hockey League Trade Deadline.
Since the Leafs’ abysmal failure to start the season, fans of the Blue and White have seen their team go 9-6-6 since the eight-game losing streak. That’s not exactly the most flattering record in the NHL, but all things considere...