Yeah, The Maple Leafs Aren’t As Bad As Columbus

Jonathan Willis
March 19 2012 12:26PM

According to the Toronto Star this morning, the Maple Leafs are virtually the same team as the Columbus Blue Jackets. Sports reporters Mark Zwolinski and Bob Mitchell did a “top to bottom” assessment of both teams and concluded that the Leafs “are on par with” the Blue Jackets.

I’m afraid it wasn’t an assessment well-grounded in the facts.

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Nation Radio - March 17, 2012

March 18 2012 11:09AM

After another glorious victory over the sinking Calgary Flames, there was little else to do Saturday but sit back and gloat. Oh, and talk about Oilers prospects, advanced analytics and...

This is Nation Radio.

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Beat 'em in the alley, and beat 'em on the ice

John Lofranco
March 17 2012 09:12PM

It’s not a good time to be a Leaf fan. The current situation really calls into question your reasons for being a fan, and for watching hockey. The way I see it, there are two ways to watch: macro and micro. What am I on about? Jump the jump to find out!

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Saturday Afternoon Perspective

A. Bates
March 17 2012 11:33AM

You have to ask the question.

Adding to the recent misery of the Leaf fan, the Toronto MSM are in full trolling mode. Damien Cox, a long time Leaf hater, wrote a piece about how it would be in the Leafs best interest to trade their first player to hit 70 points since Mats Sundin. I'm not exactly sure how trading a 24 year old, 30+ goal scorer who is on his way to his first point-per-game season is such a great idea. Adding onto this idiocy, Gord Stellick, who was a General Manager for the Leafs at one point, had this to say about Kessel's trade value:

I think you can look at Paul Gaustad at the trade deadline going for a first- rounder, a late first-rounder, and go from there

Anyone who compares Paul "20 points in 62 games" Gaustad's trade value to Phil Kessel's trade value probably shouldn't be asked about their opinions on hockey, let alone be given the keys to any franchise not named "The Ottawa Senators".

Surprisingly, my opinion on the state of the Leafs differs slightly from most of the morons that write for the MSM. It's true, the Maple Leafs chances of making the post-season for the first time in forever are next to zero but all is not lost.

Follow me over the jump for some perspective

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How Low Can The Leafs Go?

Jonathan Willis
March 17 2012 11:22AM

Brian Burke has shown in the past that tanking for a draft pick is not something he’s willing to consider. At trade deadlines in the past, he’s even done ludicrous things – such as adding Martin Gerber to a going-nowhere team in 2008-09 – to prove that fact.

Nevertheless, the Leafs are realistically out of things, eight points back of eighth place with 10 games remaining. Barring the most miraculous of runs and some good fortune too, they’re done. The question now isn’t whether or not they’re in the playoffs; it’s how high they’ll select at the 2012 Draft.

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