May 4th, 2004. That was the last day the Toronto Maple Leafs took part in a playoff game. In that time, seven seasons have gone by. Seven seasons that Leaf fans have had to endure their team not achieving something even the Columbus Blue Jackets have achieved.
The team has employed three coaches, three general managers, two captains and enough goalies to last a lifetime in that time frame. They have traded draft picks, acquired could-be superstars and signed players that came nowhere near what was advertised.
Each and every year, optimistic Leaf fans think that this year might be the year. This year will be no different. The Leafs have improved this offseason, acquiring James van Riemsdyk, Jay McClement and a couple of minor league players, enough to at least challenge for the last couple of playoff spots.
This is for all the optimistic Leaf fans out there: “This is the year.”