To-RANT-Toe-Knee-In: Lost in the Shuffle!

TOsports.caCorrespondent IApril 16, 2009

TORONTO - APRIL 11:  Alexei Ponikarovsky #23 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks to deflect a shot between Christoph Schubert #5 and Brian Elliott #30 of the Ottawa Senators in a game on April 11, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Leafs defeated the Senators on the strength of a 3 goal performance by Boyd Devereaux #22. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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Lost in the shuffle of the end of the NHL season is the fact that if the Leafs lost to the Ottawa Senators in the final game of the season and the Leafs would have solidified the No. 5 pick, overall.

The Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings each won their last match ups and if the Leafs lost to all three teams, they would have ended with 79-points—Toronto would have had less wins than both the Kings and Coyotes—but they were foiled by the Senators again.

I like Leafs General Manager, Brian Burke’s moxy, but does he seriously think he can pull off a deal with the New York Islanders to acquire the number one pick overall?

If Burke makes this happen a couple things will be true, Burke will immediately be referred to as “Moses” and questions as to weather or not Islanders General Manager, Garth Snow, is a living brain donor.

Good luck Mr. Burke!

Quick run down of how I see the NHL playoffs panning out: In the East I like the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins to meet in the final; in the West I like the San Jose Sharks and the Chicago Blackhawks to meet in the final.

In the end, I see Pittsburgh and San Jose in the Stanley Cup finals with the San Jose Sharks ultimately winning it all.

What say you? (Write a comment to let us know).

It’s nice start to the season for the Toronto Blue Jays.

We have seen hustle, good pitching and great poise from the likes of rookies Travis Snider and Rickey Romero.

Keep in mind, though, it is April.

With baseball, is there any better feeling than looking at the American League standings and seeing the Boston Red Sox on the bottom?

The Red Sox ERA is above 5.00 and their bats are cold at 2.33—the beauty of it all—looks good on “ya Bo-Sucks!”

Want to see some good playoff hockey?

Get y’er butts down and catch a Toronto Marlies game. It’s cheap, fun and it just might be the only playoffs you’ll watch all year given Toronto’s struggles in every other sport.

How excited are you about the New York Jets coming to Toronto to play the lowly Buffalo Bills?

Outside of the sideshow that is Terrell Owens and I don’t think either one of these teams will have enough to make the playoffs this year.

I am all for bringing an NFL team to Toronto—I am not so sure the Bills qualify as an NFL team though and sounds to me like Torontonians would just be getting another underachieving franchise as we already have lots of those!

The Edmonton Oilers fired Head Coach Craig Mactavish, after missing the playoffs three years in a row it’s not much of a surprise.

Mac was/is a good guy and a good coach, but in the end the Oilers are looking for results and Mac just couldn’t get it done. It’s a shame, but sometimes-good people need to move on.

Quick, name four players on the Canadian Woman’s Hockey Team—didn’t think you could do it.

For the record, the Ladies lost a tough one to the United States, 4-1, the other night—it was the second time in a row the U.S. beat the Canucks for the World Championship.

Question is, does anyone care?

Personally, I think it is good hockey when the U.S. and Canada play, but problem is, outside of those two teams, no other Nations have anywhere near the talent they do, which makes the results a coin flip.

With that in mind, why does everybody want to punish the U.S. and Canada for having good teams?

I mean, just because the rest of the teams are inferior do we shut the programs down?

Debate amongst yourselves.

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