The Leafs have fallen

- March 28th, 2012

Spring is here. The Leafs are done.
Eliminated from the playoffs.
Shocking really. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The Senators and Maple Leafs were headed in different directions when this season started. The Leafs were supposed to be in the playoffs. The Senators were supposed to be in last place.
Less than two weeks left in the season and the Leafs are finished.
What an embarrassment for Toronto.
Coach Ron Wilson got fired and he never should have gotten an extension in the first place. The Leafs have no goaltending and that rests directly on the shoulders of GM Brian Burke.
People criticized the Senators rebuild and unloading last season.
And, here the Senators sit, within two victories of making the playoffs. The Leafs have to be wondering what happened. Why did they collapse so badly?
Poor decisions mainly. Building a team around Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel is not the way to go.
The Senators aren’t in the playoffs yet but they are well on their way.

AN INVENTOR: Senators draft pick Darren Kramer, a tough guy in the WHL, has invented a nifty peanut butter jar. This is on Youtube and somebody on twitter sent me the link. Thought I would post it here. I had heard about this. Never seen it.

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12 comments

  1. Carol K says:

    Yes, poor,poor Laff fans. My heart goes out to them….NOT!
    We will not miss your loud obnoxious ignorant rants at our building. Thank God we don’t have to listen to that until next year. Until then, Golf Leafs Golf, don’t freeze your butts off!
    Go Sens!

  2. Bmo says:

    Mr. Garrioch devoted at least 30 seconds to this thin blog. A little insightfrom a pro sports as to why this debacle happened would be nice .

  3. Bobby Goodman says:

    You are shocked Bruce? Really? I suspect you aren’t…really. Why wasn’t it supposed to be this way…because MLSE willed it to be different this year? The Leafs still have the same people in place who put them in the position to fail. Certainly Wilson shouldn’t have been rewarded for failure with another contract and deserved to be fired. Burke (and Toronto) can’t be embarrassed, they are far too arrogant and Burke is certainly the individual who authored this sad story but the real responsibility falls on Tannenbaum’s shoulders for allowing Burke to continue his folly. Burke in his 4th year misses the post season…Murray in his 4th season missed the playoffs…didn’t he? The Leafs ended up in a better position than Ottawa did last year and now, the team is heading in a different direction because the Sens have outstanding goaltending that bailed them out most of the year? C’mon Bruce. Why can’t the Leafs build a team around the Kessle the 5th best scorer in the entire league and a big, strong, punishing defenceman with a big shot in Phaneuf?! Who is Ottawa building their team around? Both of them could certainly play for my hockey club. I would take Phaneuf over 4 of Ottawa’s corps and maybe even 5. If Ottawa had Phaneuf, they would be far better off in the standings than they are! When he hits someone, they fell it, just ask Da Costa (he has been branded for life). What does “building a team around” really mean anyway? Two players will never make a team, they need a strong suporting cast and that is where Lord Burke failed and failed miserably. First and foremost, their goalies have been unreliable at the very best. In spite of all the rhetoric, the Leafs are soft and small. The free agent signings have turned out to be absolute duds. Beyond the first line, Grabo and Kulemin, there is no scoring and Kulemin has had a bad year. The Coach was incapable of getting him going. Some games were being played by the Coach and GM that left Kadri and Zigimanis in the manures and both would have helped the hockey club. Tannenbaum and the ownership group need to burn with passion to bring a cup to Toronto and I suspect they don’t. They bought the snake oil Lord Burke was selling and he has make himself and his “entourage” very well to do…having failed again this year. I am not surprised in the least and in fact, I predicted it from the get go. Nor am I happy about it. I don’t like seeing any Canadian team fail. I wont hate a team because fans are rude. Long gone are the days I hated them with a passion (Darcehole Tucker, Eye Dummi, et al). The Leafs have players I love to watch and it is sad that Lord Burke has been allowed to run them franchise aground!

  4. scatmaster says:

    Be Leaf or not Be Leaf. That is the question.

    In the past I did not care in the Laffs made the playoffs or not but their fans are an arrogant abomination.

    Watching them wallow in self pity is music to my ears.

    FORE!!!!!!

  5. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    I believe you were one of the ones that were going on and on about how fast and good the Leafs were at the beginning of the season and how much better they were than the Sens.

  6. M. Edwards says:

    why do we read bruce’s blogs???

    (from a sens fan)

  7. Mike8888 says:

    I just heard that the Habs fired the Ghost.

  8. PaV says:

    M. Edwards, none is asking you too.. apparently you answered your own question……

    Goodbye LEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAFS

  9. Bobby Goodman says:

    Mikey, I don’t remember saying they would be better than the Sens but I have often said that I loved speed in a hockey club and generally that is associated with younger players. I love watching Kessel skate/tickhandle/shoot and he does in game conditions, not limited to family oriented fun events like a skills competition. Joffrey Lupol is a hockey player I thought would have a wonderful career his game really came togther when he pulled on the Blue and White. He is another skilled player I love to watch play so is Grabovski; Grabo’s fast, talented, is creative, can score on his own and…he has a pair! The little guy goes into corners (can you imagine). I love Kulemin; obviously Wilson couldn’t push the right buttons. Kulie had a disapointing season and I don’t know what games he may have exposed to (Wilson certainly played some silly bugger with Kadri). Clark Mcarthur is another player who rounded out the Grabo line and as a unit they scored and entertained! Aside from those players Mikey, I don’t know who I would have liked? Don’t you like watching those players? Don’t you like speed and skill? I am a hockey fan, first and foremost and a Sens fan second. Maybe I did say they were better than the Sens but I certainly don’t remember it. At one point early in the season they did sport one of the best records. With a dingbat behind the bench and a couple of sieves between the pipes (not good son) there was no way I would have bet on the Leafs. They do have a nucleus of some dandy players though but they made a big mistake hiring Carlyle and a bigger mistake if they decide to keep Burke and his entourage. Ottawa has a better record only because of the goaltending. I don’t like seeing any Canadian team fail. By celebrating their failure, we are no better than the morons who boo Alfredsson. I would like to think we are better than that.

  10. Mike8888 says:

    Bobby,
    I think Spezza, Karlsson and Alfredsson may have also been a factor as to why the Sen’s are better than the Leafs.

  11. Bobby Goodman says:

    You think they might have been a factor? I know they were a factor. What I was suggesting is Toronoto would have a far more respectable record if they had someone reliable in nets. Lupol and Kessel were in the top 5-10 in scoring until injuries hit. Kessel is missing Lupol big time and even with him being gone all this time, Kessel is still 6th in scoring. Goaltending has bailed Ottawa out on many a night! The last two victories were classic examples! The Sens are in great shape ‘tween the pipes for the next 10 years with one or two of the three. Should one not be happy in a back-up role, he can be traded for someone of requisite value (hopefully Murray woulnd’t let him walf for nothing). I wont celebrate the Leafs failure, but I will celebrate Lord Burke’s. He may have a law degree but he isn’t too bright. There is an old addage: under promise and over deliver. It is the easiest way to set expectations. He tells anyone who will listen he has a blueprint; that he has great prospects, he has a monster goaltender…and it goes on and one. He is never, ever challenged. For Burke to proclaim the current virgin of the Leafs are a 100 pt team is laughable…but guess who is the only one going to wear it…that’s right, Carlyle. Good luck with that next year Carlie! It wont be on Lord Burke; like les freres Murray here in Ottawa, he will explain away the inevitable failure by suggesting the team is in their “rebuild” (a rebuild because they failed at the other rebuild). It will buy him, as it does Murray, a few more years.

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