The Leafs have completed the season. Four games may remain on the schedule, but it’s over and the situation is now getting uglier each game. This is quite the opposite of what typically has happened the past few years, the normal formula is to win games in March when things don’t matter. While this is ugly for the Toronto squad, they are not alone in this type of feat. Minnesota has lost their season in the same fashion and in previous seasons Atlanta had exhibited the same type of play. This just hurts more because it’s the Leafs and everything hurts more in Toronto.
The real questions will be asked once the autopsy is completed over the next two weeks, but the problems are abundant. The Goaltending situation would be bad for an AHL team, there still is no number on centre, the defense remains pourous. These are only the highlights from a high level of what kind of evaluation needs to take place. Given the talent level of the current team, not making the playoffs was always a possibility, but to play this bad does not truly represent what is going on with this team. They more often than not show up late to play, if at all. They seem to avoid body contact at all cost, with exception of guys like Steckel, Brown, Crabb (the guys that are expected to do it). All of this makes it hard to imagine this can all be addressed in a single offseason.
Tonights game was just another example of the poor play that has taken this team from within four points of the division leaders to lottery pick territory. At different parts of the season they were five or six games above .500, which is still better than average. Each one of these guys has to look in the mirror every day, and if they can live with the