Ottawa Senators 1-4-1 Start Makes Leafs Nation Smile

Drew WestCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2010

His face is almost as goofy as his laugh
His face is almost as goofy as his laughJustin K. Aller/Getty Images

This may be a cruel and somewhat early assessment of the Ottawa Senators, but I think any hockey fan would agree that they have looked absolutely awful during this young NHL season. Speaking on behalf of all true Toronto Maple Leafs fans, what a beautiful thing to watch.

The Ottawa Senators are in so much trouble, general manager Brian Murray is already seeking a trade(s) six games into the season. Judging by their play during this span, I don't blame him one bit. Their forwards are underachieving, their defense is weak and their goaltending is spotty at best.

Doesn't this remind you of a certain Toronto Maple Leafs team that finished 29th overall last season? 

The same team that Ottawa Senators fans enjoyed ridiculing non-stop until our dreadful season finally came to an end? I know it's still early, but all signs are pointing to a completely disastrous season for the Senators, and Toronto Maple Leafs fans can't wait to sit back and watch.

After watching our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs teams over the past five seasons have no success, dreaming of being able to face Ottawa once again in the playoffs for another epic series, the Leafs seem to be turning it around by playing fast, rough and passionate hockey. Who knows how long Toronto can keep up their winning ways, but fans are simply enjoying watching their team win exciting hockey games.

Ottawa, on the other hand, is playing slow, lifeless and uninspired hockey. With captain Daniel Alfredsson on the downside of his career, Jason Spezza, Alex Kovalev and Sergei Gonchar underachieving, sophomores Peter Regin and Erik Karlsson slumping and no stability in net, Ottawa may be on the road to a franchise downturn.

It happens to all teams eventually, but don't you just love it when it happens to Ottawa or Montreal?

Judging by the Toronto Maple Leafs' start to the 2010-11 season, this franchise is on the rise after an embarrassing five-year playoff drought. With approximately $4.5 million in cap space, the Leafs have room to make a major move if their play begins to decline.

Toronto's playoff hopes seem to be getting better by the minute as many teams with written invitations to the playoffs underachieve due to injuries and lack-lustre play (i.e. Buffalo, New Jersey, Philadelphia). This should make more room in the upper half of the Eastern Conference as underdog teams such as the Leafs fight their way to the top with hard work.

Remember Leafs Nation, we must take every opportunity we can get to rub it in the faces of Ottawa Senators fans. We haven't had this opportunity in the recent past so I say take advantage. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When the Ottawa Senators suck, let them hear it.

Go Leafs Go.