Yeah, I know, Woz isn't very good. But on the other hand, I wouldn't want to risk losing him for nothing. Why? Because injuries could strike your D at any time…and then what? You need to have depth on your D in case injuries strike. This is precisely what killed the Leafs in 2002. Otherwise, sure, Kronvall is solid.
As for the streak meaning nothing, I don't know. You might be right….they could start tanking again. On the other hand, the Leafs are only a measly 3 points out of 2nd place in the East!!!
You're forgetting one important point: The East is completely wide open this year. I'm not even sure Ottawa is unbeatable! Anyone, and I mean anyone, can take the East this year. With parity what it is, no team – except for Washington – should be counted out.
Let's see where the the Leafs are going with this. But, as you said, the road trip will tell us a lot about the Leafs.]]>
(anyone else out there still want to argue that Antropov 'sucks'? For 2 years mojo and i have argued quite the opposite and i guess saw something that few others saw).
so what to make of this 4-game win streak?
nothing. absolutely nothing. its right in line with the inconsistencies of this leaf team. regardless of what happens against the Bruins and Bolts, i'll only raise my eyebrows if they come out of the 7-game road trip with an above .500 record.
then and only then will things get interesting. i still believe, however, that this team is not built to win in the long run. on top of that, the management makes decisions like demoting Tlusty and Kronvall (especially the latter, the former needs ice time and can play a bit with the Marlies) while keeping Woz up with the big club.
Kronvall played SOLID for the leafs. he belongs with the big club. period. i can understand letting Tlusty and Stralman get big time minutes with the marlies. but not Kronvall, who i think is a solid #5 d-guy.
Hal Gill, once again, continues to make me look like a fool. yes he makes some frustrating mistakes that really he has no control over (re: his speed, which really isn't a mistake). but the big guy does the job on the PK, does a good job on Jagr, and is even contributing offensively.
The leafs also have 4 defencemen in the top-40 in defencemen scoring (and this is WITH McCabe and Kubina's injuries, and without Colaicovo in the line-up).
but like i said, the only thing i can hope – from a long-term perspective, is that guys like Gill, Sundin, Kubina, McCabe, etc. continue to increase their asset value with solid play.
i think eventually, the leafs inconsistencies will see this team below .500 again. hopefully it will be low enough beneath the .500 mark, that something conclusive can be made in terms of a decision of management change and making trades like a Sundin trade.]]>