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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: April 8, 2014

With the Toronto Maple Leafs’ season coming to a close, the players are doing some soul-searching, trying to figure out what went wrong. They expressed their disappointment, concern and bafflement over this recent string of losses after practice yesterday. James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail has the story.

Anthony Petrielli has a solid take on the Leafs’ issues and what the priorities of management should be this offseason. The forward group isn’t good enough defensively and the Leafs’ defensive system, as a whole, is either non-existent or completely ineffective.

Hope In The Big Smoke spends a lot of time listening to Toronto sports radio during the day and documenting what he hears, so if there’s anybody who knows the inconsistency and outright lunacy of the majority of the media in this town, it’s him. As he notes in his latest piece, these dinosaurs have already lost the so-called “war” against the adopters of “advanced” stats, and refusing to acknowledge it is only leaving them behind.

In a similar vein, Pat MacLean is sick and tired of the media’s “Old Boys’ Club” glorifying limitedly talented plugs and goons while blasting young, skilled and often European talent every chance they get.

Moving on to a member of the hockey media who doesn’t make me want to throw things and pull my hair out, Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports posted his latest 30 Thoughts column last night. In the piece, Friedman covers potential coaching changes and possible interest from the Florida Panthers in Dave Bolland.

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