Hotdog Hockey: The Disaster in Leafland

Posted by Richard Pollock in Hotdog Hockey Column,Toronto Maple Leafs on October 20, 2009 — 3 Comments

Each Monday, IllegalCurve.com will be contributing an E-Take to our friends over at Hotdog Hockey.  This week, I wrote my column on the struggles of the Maple Leafs and the mounting pressure facing both the team and management to get things turned around.

Here is an excerpt:

Brian Burke is a shrewd general manager and surely would not part with two significant assets (the two first round picks) if he thought that even one selection would be in the top ten of the next two NHL entry drafts.  With five of the team’s first seven games at the Air Canada Centre and momentum from a successful pre-season (six wins in nine games), a fast start was almost expected from Leafs Nation.  Well, the opposite has happened.  In fact, the Leafs have not won a game yet this season (0-6-1) and have been outscored by a whopping 18 goals (14 goals for, 32 goals against) in the team’s first seven games.

Read the entire article here.

  • http://www.tipsforhockey.com Eric L.

    I can’t believe what’s going on to the Leafs. The team got hit really hard when Gustavsson was injured. Now that he’s back they should start playing better.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com Richard

    Gustavsson should help, but there are a lot more problems there. They need that top four defense to pick up the slack significantly.

  • Bob Roberts

    Does anyone not know how I feel about Ron Wilson?