Saturday, February 04, 2006

Falling Leafs

Is It Time To Give Up On The Season?

After last night's loss, the Maple Leafs dropped to 1-8-1-1 in their last 11 games. And yet, they're still in playoff contention if they can ever start winning again soon.

The reality of the Leafs' situation is that even if they make the playoffs, they've shown they are a weak team that won't be making a Cup run this season. The team's problems are numerous.

Here are some: Belfour's and Sundin's inconsistency; a weak, young defence core; a team made of tough guys unwilling to be physical; the growing number of man games lost to injuries.

The Leafs should forget about this season. It's time to deal away the big salaries and start bringing up the AHL guys who should get their shot at full-time NHL jobs next season.

The Leafs' GM John Ferguson is smart enough to realize youth and speed are the future of the team. It's now time to speed up to the future and move past the present.


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