Saturday, November 03, 2007

I haven't been posting much as there's really not much to post about with this club. I was at the Monday night loss to the Caps and the team was laughably bad. Horrible.

It should come as no surprise that this year's team stinks as it's pretty much same team that stunk it up last year.

Last year's team couldn't kill penalties, couldn't stay out of the penalty box, couldn't protect a lead and was 25th in goals against.*

Shockingly, the same group of players, coached by the same group of coaches, is still struggling on the PK, still taking way too many penalties, protects a lead like it's a live hand grenade and has a goals against more bloated than Jerry Lewis strung out on prednisone.

Who could have guessed?

But that's not the worst part. The part that's genuinely disturbing is that the vast majority of this team is under contract for next year too.

That's right. If you like this year's club and it's sub .500 record, you'll really love next year's team.

Of the 28 players that have dressed for the Leafs this season, JFJ has signed 24 to contracts that run until at least next year (including team-option RFAs).

Want to know something scary?

Sundin, arguably the Leafs' best, if not second best, player this season is not one of those 24.

Want to know something even scarier?

Six of the seven Leafs D are all under contract for next year too. Only Wozniewski (which I do believe is one of those German or Polish compound words that means "turnover leading to a minus") is not under contract for next season.

Master plan indeed.

*Anyone who thinks injuries were the big difference last year, Woz was nearly 20% of the Leafs' injuries total. I also refer you to the last dozen games of the season when the club had a full and healthy line-up. That group choked against the Isles and Caps, coughed up "safe" leads against the Sabres and Thrashers and was destroyed by the Rangers in a must-win game.

2 comments:

  1. Yeah but you're saying that Wozniewski won't be back right? So there's a bright spot.

    I am guessing that JFJ or his replacement will be making a lot of moves/trades soon or at the end of the year.

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  2. Paul Steckley11:19 am

    Woz will be back. This is the Leafs after all and Maurice seems to like him because he keeps putting him out on the ice.

    The problem is that MLSE works so slowly they probably won't have JFJ's replacement, if there is one, in place until later in the summer next year. Trades are very hard to pull off now with the cap and since I don't think Burke's suggestion will be approved, I can't see the new GM being able to do very much very quickly with this team. Whoever gets hired will have to be given a few years to fix this mess, which means more heartache for us long-suffering fans.

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