This is not to say that it was only Toskala that played awful. So did the defence and offence for that matter. The whole team took a mini-mental vacation. But you are simply not going to win in this league with goaltending like that REGARDLESS of how the defence plays. Put another way, let's say the Leafs learn to play very well defensively – through intensive practising and teaching by Maurice – to satisfy the high standards of some of the readers on this site, the Leafs will STILL be in trouble. It's like a boat with a hole taking in water. You're sunk no matter what. This is the point I try to convey to some people, but they just don't try to understand the concept.
Anyway, Buffalo looks awfully good. They are a role model in how you should build a good hockey team, and the Leafs should take note. Note how they aren't always in this buying mode like the Leafs, because they actually decide to keep their young players rather than trade them for washed up veterans.]]>