Toronto Maple Leafs: 5 Reasons to Believe in the Leafs in 2013

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Toronto Maple Leafs: 5 Reasons to Believe in the Leafs in 2013
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Another solid season from Phil Kessel could get the Maple Leafs back to the playoffs.

How long has it been since the Toronto Maple Leafs made the playoffs?

They have endured two lockouts since their last postseason appearance. One of the lockouts is still ongoing.

When the current lockout becomes part of history, the Leafs have a chance to turn their situation around and gain their first postseason bid since the 2003-04 season.

They were playing solid hockey for about two-thirds of the season last year when the bottom fell out and they simply dropped out of sight.

General manager Brian Burke fired coach Ron Wilson as the Maple Leafs were tumbling down the standings, and now, new coach Randy Carlyle must figure out what makes this team tick if 2013 is going to be the year they return to the postseason.

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