Toronto's Season Dies On HNIC
After an agonizing 70 games, it looks now--for sure, without a doubt, no asterisk, no ifs, no buts--that the post-season is out of reach for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Except, after losing twice to the Habs this week, the Leafs are only seven points out of the final playoff spot and there will be a small contingent of fans who will still "Be-Leaf" (three weeks ago, someone outside Union was selling t-shirts with that on the front for $5).
But I'm through giving my time to this season's team. I've been a Leafs fan since I was eight. I've stood by the team's unsuccessful playoff runs, horrible trades and awful drafting. But I've been loyal too long to totally give up on them. Next season (Leaf fans always bring it up) is the team's chance to get young and get rid of the old players, who the fans may love, but have failed to win.
The team seems to be on the brink of self-destruction. Summer comes, it'll be time to make sure the job has been done.