Leafs Nation has to show patience yet again

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“No Guts No Glory”

The state of the Toronto Maple Leafs is atrocious yet again in the sports news and sports on the web. Back in November Allsports wrote a post about the Toronto Maple Leafs season being like a roller coaster. Well let me rephrase that now. The Toronto Maple Leafs season in the new calendar year has been utter sky diving, plummeting to ground zero without a parachute to slow the fall. Since 2015 began the Toronto Maple Leafs have won three games of the twenty -two played, with one overtime loss in the mix. That’s seven points out of forty-four for those of you keeping track at home. Just brutal with the all too familiar nose dive once the games get a little harder to play, when teams are fighting for a playoff spot. The team as it is now, is just not mentally tough enough to endure the full NHL schedule and nuch like some of the games they lose, they don’t compete for the full ride.The Leafs were in a playoff position the day they let coach, Randy Carlyle go. Since then there has been no worry about playing on into April.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a charter member of the NHL

The Toronto Maple Leafs Logo

It boggles the mind how a team that was the highest scoring team in the league during the first half of the season, can’t seem to buy a goal or two in the car crash that is the 2015 calendar year. The rebuild is starting yet again in Toronto and the Toronto Maple Leafs started the ball rolling. The club had acquired a 2015 first round pick, Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen from the Nashville Predators for Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli. These were two of the Toronto Maple Leafs better performers this season but they were unrestricted free agents this summer and with Dave Nonis paying Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf huge guaranteed money long term, Nonis could not afford to sign them. So better to get something for them while he could. The biggest thing Nonis has done wrong is over valuing Kessel and Phaneuf. Phaneuf is price tagged like a number one defenseman with Norris trophy aspirations but that won’t ever happen. History shows that if Phaneuf starts to approach the minutes of a number one D man he tires out and starts to make foolish mistakes. At 7 million a year for 7 years the Toronto Maple Leafs are paying way too much for his services and he should be in the 4-5 million per year range. It will be tough to move that contract in the rebuild. Also with Kessel and an average salary of 8 million for 8 years, he will also be hard to move, although there might be some interest in Florida for his services. They need scoring and do have the cap space for his contract. Kessel is a goal scorer, there is no doubt about that but sometimes you have to wonder if he played the game with two eggs in his pants whether those eggs would survive the whole game. Of course you don’t want Kessel banging and crashing, that’s not what he is there for but that said he still has to be more involved defensively. Kessel will end up with another half descent year point wise, but if he scores you a goal but is responsible for the opposition getting two, he is still on the negative side of the ledger.

Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Joffrey Lupul

Allsports has always liked Joffrey lupul’s game for the Toronto Maple Leafs when he is in the lineup. That is the problem though, Lupul is somewhat fragile and injuries  keep him out for extended periods throughout the season.

Morgan Rielly is a bright spot on a dismal Toronto Maple Leafs season


There is one bright spot on the Toronto Maple Leafs horizon though, and that is Morgan Rielly. Allsports thinks he will be the Toronto Maple Leafs true number one defenseman down the road and a possible Norris trophy winner.

Allsports caught this video from a couple of weeks ago and thought it pretty well summed up the feelings of Leafs Nation.

And that’s the sports news and sports on the web, or the way I see it anyway.

“No Guts No Glory”

Walt Webb

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