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2008-09 Leafs Fall into Familiar Pattern, and It's Déjà Vu All Over Again

Sean PaddisonCorrespondent INovember 17, 2008

So far this season the Leafs' record reads like a seesaw. They win the big ones, play great, and then follow up with an embarrassing effort.

I think I have seen this somewhere before. Oh yeah! The past four years have looked pretty similar.

Do not get me wrong, I know it is going to take more than a few games to break this rotten habit. I am, however, worried the ego-itis disease has not been properly treated in this team and will make a glorious return in the very near future.

I know there are a lot of Ponyboy and Antropov fans out there, but I have yet to witness any consistency out of those two guys that lasts for more than five games.

What really scares me is they are both being portrayed as the veterans who are responsible for tutoring the next crop of Leafs.

Granted, Toskala is not helping and is leaving Leafs' blue-liners second guessing being more aggressive offensively.

Tonight's game against Boston may prove to be a nasty benchmark, or a stepping stone.

If the Leafs lose tonight, they will transition from a 50/50 club to a 40/60 club.

I am not very concerned about the Leafs making the playoffs; I was not expecting anything like that this year. I am, however, very concerned about bad habits developing in the team of the future.

Another eight years of garbage is a very disheartening prospect for Leafs fans.

I am looking into my crystal ball and I see more wholesale changes in the summer of 2009.

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