Originally Posted by Jay
Maurice isn't the problem in Toronto. MLSE just gets their fingers into hockey operations when they shouldn't. They don't do it in basketball. The Leafs also have no defence and hang any goalie they have out to dry. If Cujo back in the day hadn't stood on his head, would those teams have gotten nearly as far as they did? Not a chance.
I can't believe Sundin still wants to play in Toronto. I mean seriously, who has this guy ever had to play with? Nobody. Imagine how many more points he could have if he had a serious linemate for a few seasons.
Funny story for you guys (got it second hand from my cousin, but I think it's true...either way, funny story). A long time ago, my cousin's friend was called up from the A to play his first NHL game against the Habs. He's lined up against Shane Corson on a faceoff (after a few rough plays) and tells Shane, "Look, Shane, we've gotta go. The only way I'm sticking with this team is for me to drop the gloves, show I'll protect my teammates." Shane says, "Sorry dude, I scrapped last night, I ain't going again." As they get set for the puck to drop, my cousin's friend says, "Shane, really dude." Shane says, "Sorry man." Puck is dropped, Shane jumps the guy, kicks his ass and the sucker's he's back down in the A right after the game. Out of hockey a few years later. I never liked Corson, but I hope that story's true.
That's a good story, Jay.
I never really liked Corson. I used to have friends who grew up with him in the Barrie area and said that he was a complete twat. Not to mention he slept with a couple of wives of some of the other players while he was in Toronto (at least rumours of it..)
As for the problem in Toronto, it's everything (aside from marketing). Paul Maurice was never really a good coach to begin with. In Carolina/Hartford, they had that one good year and that's because the team caught fire at the right time. Aside from that, his records were always hovering around .500 and missed the playoffs 5 of the 9 years he's been coaching in the NHL. Ferguson I think had made horrible personnel moves, but you can't really blame the guy because he's making moves to save his job, not necessarily for the long-term stability of the team. MLSE just needs to keep their noses out of everything (ie Peddie), and they need to start from scratch. Blow the whole thing up. Trying to re-tool is not going to help this franchise. They need to suck for 4-5 years (the fans will still come, no worries about that), rebuild the system and go from there.