Found March 29, 2012 on
The Hockey Guys:
Toronto Maple Leafs
Los Angeles Kings
By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)
The 2011-2012 NHL season was another one filled with disappointment for the Toronto Maple Leafs and those who regularly root for them.
After a hot and consistent start that saw them in a race for one of the final few playoff spots in the Eastern Conference for more than 50 percent of the campaign, the team completely collapsed and now sits as a basement team in the East, mathematically eliminated from post-season contention.
With a fan base that now appears to be getting restless and legitimately upset with the team’s on-ice performance, this season’s failures mean that next season will undoubtedly be the most important for the Maple Leafs in recent memory. That doesn’t mean that they have to win the Stanley Cup, but that the playoffs will be a necessity.
You might say that it’s too early to look ahead to next season considering that the current one has yet to commence and that, in fact, there isn’t even guaranteed to be hockey this fall given that ...
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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson was injured during pregame warmups Thursday night.
Gustavvson had to be helped off the ice and to the dressing room after taking a shot from Clarke MacArthur off his left knee.
The injury forced the Maple Leafs to give Jussi Rynnas his first NHL start. Rynnas had been called up on an emergency basis due to an injury to Toronto netminder...
Phil Kessel (A+) Top 5 in scoring is all you can ask from your top forward, especially considering the amount of abuse Kessel takes from the media and his detractors. Consistent to boot – while the Leafs were losing 16 of 18 games, Kessel racked up 17 points. It’s like he actually was the only guy on the ice sometimes.Joffrey Lupul (A+) What a comeback! Lupul showed everyone...
The Toronto Maple Leafs signed University of Maine standout Spencer Abbott.
The nation's leading scorer, Abbott will join the Toronto Marlies of the AHL on an amateur tryout for the rest of the season. His entry-level contract kicks in next season.
The 23-year-old left wing had 21 goals and 41 assists in 39 games for Maine and was named Hockey East Player of the Year.
Things have gotten so bad for the Toronto Maple Leafs that during the third period of last night's 7-1 blowout loss at home to the Philadelphia Flyers, the fans in Toronto started a "Let's go Blue Jays" chant.
The Blue Jays, of course, are Toronto's baseball team, so that's gotta hurt.
Fortunately for the Maple Leafs players, there's only two...
It's been a rough year for the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans, but there is good news: Baseball season is on the way. The Leafs got their doors blown off again on Thursday night, losing 7-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers, and that had fans turning their attention toward the upcoming Blue Jays season. Fans started chanting "Let's go Blue Jays!" during the game, a...
Sometimes a great first period, solid defensive play and bad goaltending by the opposing team is enough to win you a few games and that was the case for the Hurricanes tonight in their 3-0 shutout over the Maple Leafs. The Hurricanes played terrific for the first 20 minutes in outchancing the Leafs 5-1 and gaining a 2-0 lead and then finished things off by sitting back and letting...
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, It came earlier than last season, and it was hardly a surprise.
But the Toronto Maple Leafs are now officially, mathematically eliminated from the playoffs after another dismal outing in a 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
The defeat caps an epic collapse by a Leafs team that had been sitting in sixth in the Eastern Conference...