Much to the dismay of Toronto Maple Leafs fans, management and players, and to the delight of many rival hockey fans, the Leafs wrapped up their 2011-12 campaign by continuing their disturbing trend of missing the playoffs.
For the seventh straight season, the Leafs found themselves headed for the links early, while also becoming the only NHL team yet to make a post-lockout playoff appearance.
A slump of epic proportions from mid-February to mid-March, which saw the Leafs lose 17 of 21 games, effectively slammed the door shut on the possibility of securing a playoff position.
If any positives can be taken from one of the biggest meltdowns in franchise history, it's that glaring weaknesses were exposed. Additionally, Leafs management now has a better idea of what pieces are needed to effectively address problem areas.
Adding size up front, a veteran goaltender and help on the blueline are all priorities for the Leafs, but it's unlikely they'll be able to pick up everything on their shopping list.
That said, it's not in Brian Burke's nature to sit still, so here are nine players the Leafs' general manager should consider this off-season.