5 Reasons Why This Year Will Be Different for the Toronto Maple Leafs

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5 Reasons Why This Year Will Be Different for the Toronto Maple Leafs
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With the start of each NHL season, Maple Leafs fans everywhere plan the Stanley Cup parade route in Toronto, and book time off work in June to watch playoff games.  For the past six years all of these dreams have been arduously unnecessary, as the Leafs have failed to make the playoffs since the 2004-2005 NHL lockout. 

Despite the excitement surrounding this season's early success for the Maple Leafs, there is a feeling of pessimism and doubt hanging over Toronto that seems well-founded; like a jilted lover refusing to accept another apology despite wanting to believe that things have indeed changed for the better.

However, there are reasons to believe that the 2011-2012 Maple Leafs squad is more than a mirage, and here are the top 5 reasons to believe that this is the year the Maple Leafs return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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