Will the Maple Leafs make the playoffs?
My answer to that is NO.
The 2007 Maple Leafs are a disaster, plagued by individual slumps and an overall lack of toughness and grit. The real problem doesn't start in goal—it starts in the back end.
The Toronto defence is among the league's worst. With Hal Gill leading the way in the plus/minus department, all I can say is that we're in trouble.
And how are you supposed to win games when your team consists mostly of third- and fourth-liners?
Mats Sundin hasn't had a legit running mate since the days of Gary Roberts and Alexander Mogilny. Nik Antropov and Alex Ponikarovsky on the top line?
Don't get me wrong, Pony and Nik are good players—but they'd be on the third line for most NHL clubs. Seriously, how many games can you go without scoring a goal before you get demoted?
I'm sure GM John Ferguson wakes up every morning wondering whether his days in Toronto are numbered. I for one can't wait for him to go.
Among Ferguson's lowlights: trading away valuable draft picks, trading Tuukka Rask for Andrew Raycroft, and signing Mark Bell.
I'm not here to rip the Leafs and be that negative bitter fan—I'm just being honest in saying we need to make some changes. Ferguson should stop saying things are looking good when clearly they aren't.
The truth is that the team is in trouble, and Toronto can't afford to miss another postseason. Things are going from bad to worse. The fans are getting frustrated. Here's hoping Ferguson gets a clue before it's too late.