History, both recent and not so recent, would dictate that the Toronto Maple Leafs are in fact, not a very good hockey team. In most cases they can best be described as mediocre with horrific luck. Injury plagued, bad ice, horrible reffing, what have you.
Then they do something like beat the two best teams in the East, convincingly even.
Sure, there was that little stumbling block in between, but come on. Taking Ottawa AND Montreal down? Not to mention not so shabby records against either team thus season, how can one really question that this team does indeed have some bite behind it.
This is a team that could potentially tear through the remainder of the season and dig into a playoff spot, then go for a one or two round dance before getting knocked out.
But do we really want this? I mean, I'd love to see some post-season Bud action, but how will that affect the teams future? I'd also love to shut up the "haven't made the playoffs" contingent for a year, but again, as we have all heard and been over numerous times, this team needs to be re-structured. We won't get another chance like this again.
At present the Leafs sit just out of last, in a great position to pick up some monster draft picks (need I mention the names?) . We also have a new captain coming aboard to run the show, he needs something to work with, something to build and mold into a legitimate cup contender. Handing our new GM and president the current mess of no trade clauses and little cap space won't help the Leafs in the long run, hell, it will make the short run suck even more. And I hate running to begin with.
Bring on the fire sale, out with the old, in with the new. It's going to be a bumpy road.