What a season it was in Toronto this year for the Maple Leafs. A season that started out with a thud, and though never truly recovered, it was one that saw them finish strong and leave fans with optimism of a bright future ahead.
It was a season defined by youth, and a number of old faces leaving to make way for the new generation of Maple Leafs, all the while trying to stay positive as the losses piled up as Ron Wilson's hair become a little more salt and lot less pepper.
And though many will remember the tough times of this year, with the incredibly harsh start, the struggles between the pipes (and everywhere else), the draft pick that could have been, and the fifth straight season without a playoff berth, we sure were witness to some truly great performances from a Leaf team that consistently showed their never-say-die attitude.
So even though the Leaf players will be watching the playoffs from the clubhouse of a ridiculously expensive golf course, there were still plenty of moments from the season that was that are worth taking a look at one last time.
Here now are the ten best games from the 2009-10 Maple Leafs season.
And then you can finally put this season to bed and look forward to next year when you hope those same Leaf players will be watching the playoffs from that same ridiculously expensive clubhouse—but after a playoff round or two of their own.