August 01 2015 07:26AM
If 2005/06 was the season that proved that the Leafs weren't qiute thinking about the radical changes ahead for the NHL, the year that followed was one of the last opportunites they had to take advantage of their short-sightedness. To be fair, a lot of things came together for this team, and 90% of what was going on made it one of the best Leafs teams of the past twenty years. However, the "bad" 10% was enough to push the team into irrelevance.
July 31 2015 10:02AM
If we're being honest with ourselves, this season was really the catalyst that brought about the steaming tire fire Shanahan finally managed to (hopefully) put out this summer.
Yes, the team finished the season with over .500 pts%. They also missed the playoffs, made a lot of really insignificant trades to jump-start everyone after a season away from the game, and then kind of became embroiled in a lot of Pat Quinn drama (that, if we're honest, has never really ended). Some key injuries kind of derailed the season, but the front office tension caused by John Ferguson's very existence in Leafsland overshadowed what wasn't altogether that awful of a year.
Oh, and then the Leafs did a thing at the 2006 Draft... but let's not talk about that yet.
July 31 2015 07:40AM
Now that we've had a little time to absorb the Leafs' addition of Lou Lamoriello to their front office, it might be good to circle back again and discuss how he can fit with the current group. It seems a lot of fans and media who follow the team closely still aren't sure what to think, and many are looking for any excuse to go into all-out panic about what they believe might disrupt a good thing Shanahan's had going.
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July 31 2015 07:00AM
Canucks shake things up, pay too much for Sutter, Leafs-Bernier Arb battle, breaking down Lamoriello's past trades, one of the Flames top prospects coming to North America, McDavid, Scrivens, free agents still available for almost free and more in this week's Roundup.
July 30 2015 06:01PM
The 2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs represent the last time that the Toronto Maple Leafs were actually a good hockey team. Not sneak-into-the-playoffs-and-lose-to-the-Bruins good, but actually a really solid team (with nice hair, too). A true Stanley Cup contender that loaded up at the trade deadline for a deep run, the Leafs ultimately came up short. It's not a stretch to say that they haven't recovered since.