'Unsinking' a Ship?

Tyler LavoieCorrespondent INovember 28, 2007

In order to resurrect a sinking ship a committment to hardwork, strong effort, and teamwork must be employed be each of its mates.

A crew needs to pull together, patch the holes, and drain the water weighing it down.

And that’s just what the Toronto Maple Leafs will have to do to get themselves afloat, and back into playing competitive hockey.

The hockey world has seen this before. In fact it’s conceded as a yearly event. At least one team goes through a stretch where they lose, have numerous trade rumors surface, and have media, fans, and management calling for major changes.

Last year it was the Ottawa Senators. Brian Murray, head coach at the time, had his team playing sub-.500 hockey; Martin Gerber and Daniel Alfredsson were mentioned in numerous trade rumors; John Muckler, the general manager, was surely to be fired - a move the media had been crying out for since mid-November. It came later: after an appearance in the Stanley Cup final.

The point is this happens - a lot. The Leafs are losing, but they are merely two points of out eighth spot in the East, and if not for continuing shootout woes, wouldn’t be in the middle of this discussion at all.

“The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.” - Isak Dinesen.

Blue skies may be ahead, and Richard Peddie, John Ferguson Jr., Paul Maurice all seem content with staying the course, but these rough waters will grow weary on any crew, and this ship may have too many holes to plug if in fact they remain on board.

Thanks for reading. TL.