Toronto Maple Leafs: Breaking Down Their Strengths and Weaknesses

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Breaking Down Their Strengths and Weaknesses
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have not done well in the post-lockout era.

Since the 2004-05 season got cancelled due to the lockout, the Leafs have not sniffed the playoffs and have finished no better than third in the Northeast division.

Many blame notorious hothead GM Brian Burke for the team's struggles. They have missed out on big names in free agency and have failed to bring in any big names via trade.

Last year the team finished just below .500 at 35-37-10 and the Leafs' players were once again forced to watch the playoffs from the comfort of their living rooms.

The team had a stellar first half of the season, and seemed to be playoff contenders at the All-Star Break. However, the team collapsed in the second half of the season and finished 12 points out of the final playoff spot.

While last year may be hard to forget, every new year brings the hope for the players and faithful Toronto fans. Could this be the year that the Leafs get their act together and manage to make it to the postseason?

The team has some strengths they can capitalize on, but also have some glaring weaknesses they need to improve if they hope to find success during the 2012-13 season.

Here are some of those strengths and weaknesses.

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