View Full Version : Toronto Maple Leafs: Will Their Offseason Deals Help the Leafs to the Playoffs?

07-27-2012, 19:46
At the beginning of last season, the deals that Brian Burke made this time a year ago seemed to be working well.

There was a brief point early in the season were many thought that Toronto even topped the league. Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul were tearing up the scoreboard.

For the first time in a long time, Toronto fans had something to be excited about. That was before their collapse in February.

The Maple Leafs went from holding onto a playoff spot to one of the worst teams in the league. No matter what Ron Wilson tried, he could not get the Leafs to win.

MLSE ended up letting Wilson go only a few months after he signed a contract extension, and brought in Randy Carlyle.

There was a lot of excitement in Toronto that started with the trade deadline, as the rumor mill went into overdrive. Suddenly, every top player was being mentioned in a trade to Toronto.

When February 27th had passed, not much had changed in Toronto. A few deals that brought some prospects was about it.

The rumor mill once again started when Toronto obtained the fifth pick overall in the draft lottery.


07-27-2012, 19:54
I am afraid the Leafs and Burke have not done enough in the off season to make the playoffs this year. Most of the teams the Leafs need to compete against for a playoff spot have improved. New York Rangers have added Nash and have some solid young guys that are coming on strong. Boston will still be solid. Ottawa has some solid young guys and solid overall strength, Buffalo looks better, Carolina with the addition of Jordan Stall and Semin will be much different this coming season. Washington might struggle and Philadelphia is a bit of a mystery having lost Jagr and Carle. The Islanders look like they could be ready to start reaping the benefits of years of high draft picks. New Jersey might be vulnerable having lost Parise but overall it will be a real challenge for the Leafs to garner the 94 to 95 points needed to make the playoffs.

Sorry but unless a rabbit is pulled from a hat in the shape of a significant deal I am afraid this will be another lean year for Leaf fans.