Prediction: Leafs will finish last in NHL


I thought long and hard about really letting it out in this blog entry and telling the world how woeful the Leafs will be during this upcoming season. But every time I sat down to write, staring lovingly at my Rick Vaive circa 1983 jersey that my great-grandmother bought me, my eyes filled with tears and I just couldn’t keep writing. So, I figured it was best to let an expert (the FAN 590’s Howard Berger) explain the situation and what fans of the mighty Blue and White can expect over the next seven months. Please note that viewer discretion is advised.


Prediction: Leafs will finish last in NHL

  1. I think many people are thinking the same way as you, Cameron. When your team’s slogan is Spirit Is Everything and the coach says “wins and losses don’t matter” than you are in for a dire season.

  2. Thank goodness we have the Raptors. nd if they have a breakout year, like a lot of commentators are predicting, it will be “leafs who?”

    Go raps

  3. Lets hope this is true.

  4. … but they’ll lose the draft lottery – it would just figure.

  5. “… but they’ll lose the draft lottery – it would just figure.”

    Or, they end up like the Senators. Let’s face it, all of this is for naught. The Western Conference is for whatever reason more competitive and powerful.

    Whoever comes out on top of the NHL out of the West in the next few years (and here I’m thinking the Blackhawks and Oilers, and maybe the Kings, all in the process of rebuilding) will probably be able to take on the Leafs, even if the Leafs manage to make it to the finals say 5 years from now.

    The point is, once they do that, they will do an “Ottawa” – they climbed to the best of their potential and it will be a slow sinking down to mediocrity.

    Pittsburgh being another example of an Eastern team that reached the finals but failed against a stronger Western Conference team.

  6. Working Class Howard is an idiot.

    I wish they would finish last, but they wont.

  7. I’m going to go way out on a limb here and agree with DR. It’s going to be an awful season in Toronto, but they won’t be the worst team in the league. why? Because they are a team playing with no expectations, decent goaltending, and a coach who will preach defense first all season. they will be boring, the will be offensively challenged to say the least, but they will surprise people by winning more than anybody expects. (And in the long term, that is bad news because a high lottery pick is going to do a lot more for Toronto’s rebuilding process than 30 boring wins this season.) Another mediocre season will also allow the current dysfunctional power structure to remain intact.

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