Wayback Wednesday: Raycroft's Damage

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
April 09 2014 12:22PM

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As the Leafs see another season wind down without being in the playoff picture, there's a finger that nobody sane could point at; goaltending. Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer have won this team games they've had no business winning, which is probably the reason it took until Game 80 for the last wheel to fall off. But enough about that. Let's talk about a previous Leafs starting goaltender who retired today, Andrew Raycroft.

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Listicle: 4 Maple Leafs season-killing offseason mistakes that could have been easily avoided

Cam Charron
April 09 2014 11:45AM

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Hello, ladies and gentlemen, I'm here for the autopsy.

It's somewhat appropriate that T.S. Eliot's The Hollow Men is the most oft-quoted piece of literature in season-ending pieces analyzing the fortunes of sports teams, if not only for its memorable final line "not with a bang but a whimper".

Literature is too easy to analyze, as the phrases can be convoluted in almost every way to appeal to any kind of meaning you want to attach to the piece (I'm reminded of this XKCD comic) and unfortunately, sports has gone down that path.

Anybody who stuck around and read the skeptics this summer should have known that the Maple Leafs weren't the likely playoff-bound team we'd seen last year and the start of this season. Somehow, exactly on March 14th at noon, the Maple Leafs decided that there wasn't a good-enough leader in the dressing room and they were going to lose eight consecutive and earn just four points in the next twelve games and piss away the playoffs.

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LFR7 - Game 80 - The Meteor - Tor 0, TB 3

Steve Dangle
April 09 2014 12:02AM

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Missing the playoffs is the boom. What happens after the dust settles?

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They Aren't "In It For The Money"

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
April 08 2014 10:56PM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs ended their rapid bleed-out on Tuesday night, becoming mathematically eliminated from a potential spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As you would expect, the fanbase is looking for their excuses. Many have recognized flaws in this team for a while now, and whether you think they're taking the right or wrong approach, have at least given it some thought. Tonight, however, you get the fans who are reaching for the shelves to get the leftover excuses that took them twelve seconds to think up. 

One in particular is trending high on the internet; the players don't care; they're too rich.

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Stick A Fork In Them, They're Done

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
April 08 2014 08:37PM

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Once the final puck crossed the line in Columbus, this became a do or die game for the Toronto Maple Leafs. They had no choice. They had to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning. Despite cracks at two different goaltenders, they couldn't get anything into the back of the net, lost 2-0, and are now mathematically eliminated from being able to make the playoffs.

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