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    A 4-1 lead against Boston with 10 minutes left in Game 7. A lock. Nope - they blow it.

    The need to win 6 out of 14 to clinch a playoff spot. A lock. Nope - they blow it.


    What's happening? I was first in line to criticize the Clarkson signing, but I conceded that it helped the team and that was the price of doing that. But not even I saw this kind of hopelessness.

    And Phaneuf? Don't get me started.

    I can't remember seein a team struggle to get the puck out of their zone. It was almost like the keystone cops. The Blues made a mockery of the Leafs
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    At least Jake Gardiner looks really dangerous lately
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    I wouldn't say " new ways". Seems to me its just the same ole same...

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    Don't the leafs perennially play good at the beginning of the season and dwindle out by the end? I remember bugging my leaf friends about this, and mentioned they only made the playoffs last year because of the shortened season and didn't have time to blow it!
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    In my opinion, this is just a prime example of the Law of Averages at work. For 3/4 of the season, the Leafs managed to pull off improbable wins in games that they were badly outshot and puck-possessed and had no business winning. All season, they have consistently been one of the only, if not the only, team in a playoff position sporting a negative team goal differential while taking the 5th most PIM in the league.

    It was just a matter of time before things started going wrong to even out the scales and return things to the mean.......there's no way the Leafs' could go on playing the style they play and expect to make the playoffs. I'm surprised they kept winning as long as they did.....they were long overdue for a fall back to reality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiva Blaster View Post
    In my opinion, this is just a prime example of the Law of Averages at work. For 3/4 of the season, the Leafs managed to pull off improbable wins in games that they were badly outshot and puck-possessed and had no business winning. All season, they have consistently been one of the only, if not the only, team in a playoff position sporting a negative team goal differential while taking the 5th most PIM in the league.

    It was just a matter of time before things started going wrong to even out the scales and return things to the mean.......there's no way the Leafs' could go on playing the style they play and expect to make the playoffs. I'm surprised they kept winning as long as they did.....they were long overdue for a fall back to reality.
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    It's all Reimers fault.

    Wait....
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    Folks, some of us Leafs fans (the non delusional ones) have been predicting this kind of futility for a long, long time.
    This goes back to last season actually.
    Reimer carried them. Kadri's shooting percentage was screaming regression. They were a terrible possession team all year.

    So, what do they do in the offseason?
    Buy out one of their best possession players (Grabo) and let another one walk away for nothing (Mac).

    Then waste valuable cap space on overpaying Clarkson and trading for, then signing, Bernier. For the hundredth time... no one is saying Bernier isn't an upgrade on Reimer overall. But there were FAR more pressing needs on this roster than attempting an upgrade in net. Scrivens has, arguably, outplayed them both... at a fraction of the cap hit. Meanwhile, teams like the Blues come into town and laugh at how pathetic the Leafs are.

    Defensively, they are simply a joke. This starts with coaching. But it's also on Nonis for re-upping Phaneuf as his #1, a role he is so incredibly and obviously, not suited for.
    Phaneuf wouldn't even make the top 3 D on St.Louis.

    As bad as they were last season, from a possession standpoint , they have managed to get even worse this year. This is no accident. This collapse was entirely predictable. You can only win on luck and goaltending for so long...

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    At least they're not the Oilers.....yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by eyemissgilmour View Post
    Folks, some of us Leafs fans (the non delusional ones) have been predicting this kind of futility for a long, long time.
    This goes back to last season actually.
    Reimer carried them. Kadri's shooting percentage was screaming regression. They were a terrible possession team all year.

    So, what do they do in the offseason?
    Buy out one of their best possession players (Grabo) and let another one walk away for nothing (Mac).
    Then waste valuable cap space on overpaying Clarkson and trading for, then signing, Bernier. For the hundredth time... no one is saying Bernier isn't an upgrade on Reimer overall. But there were FAR more pressing needs on this roster than attempting an upgrade in net. Scrivens has, arguably, outplayed them both... at a fraction of the cap hit. Meanwhile, teams like the Blues come into town and laugh at how pathetic the Leafs are.

    Defensively, they are simply a joke. This starts with coaching. But it's also on Nonis for re-upping Phaneuf as his #1, a role he is so incredibly and obviously, not suited for.
    Phaneuf wouldn't even make the top 3 D on St.Louis.
    As bad as they were last season, from a possession standpoint , they have managed to get even worse this year. This is no accident. This collapse was entirely predictable. You can only win on luck and goaltending for so long...
    Agree that the Leafs need to upgrade their "D" - Need to make Phanauf a # 3 D. The $64000 question is where do they find the top 2 D men? Draft / free agent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gainerama View Post
    At least they're not the Oilers.....yet
    As an Oilers fan, thanks for taking Clarkson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eyemissgilmour View Post
    Folks, some of us Leafs fans (the non delusional ones) have been predicting this kind of futility for a long, long time.
    This goes back to last season actually.
    Reimer carried them. Kadri's shooting percentage was screaming regression. They were a terrible possession team all year.

    So, what do they do in the offseason?
    Buy out one of their best possession players (Grabo) and let another one walk away for nothing (Mac).

    Then waste valuable cap space on overpaying Clarkson and trading for, then signing, Bernier. For the hundredth time... no one is saying Bernier isn't an upgrade on Reimer overall. But there were FAR more pressing needs on this roster than attempting an upgrade in net. Scrivens has, arguably, outplayed them both... at a fraction of the cap hit. Meanwhile, teams like the Blues come into town and laugh at how pathetic the Leafs are.

    Defensively, they are simply a joke. This starts with coaching. But it's also on Nonis for re-upping Phaneuf as his #1, a role he is so incredibly and obviously, not suited for.
    Phaneuf wouldn't even make the top 3 D on St.Louis.

    As bad as they were last season, from a possession standpoint , they have managed to get even worse this year. This is no accident. This collapse was entirely predictable. You can only win on luck and goaltending for so long...
    This is more or less what I've been telling the die-hard Leaf fan at work all season long. "It's unsustainable" I tell him. "Their luck will run out" I tell him. He says "I don't care, as long as they make the playoffs." Well. It's looking like he's going to have to start caring.

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    The Leafs - the one team in all of sports that I root against.
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    All they had to do was play 500 hockey after the break.

    Unsustainable? They sustained it for about 100 games going back to last season.

    They have been brutal for long stretches (usually the start) at a time during games. Thats whats killing them.

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