The Leafs in the Playoffs? Just Maybe

The Toronto Maple Leafs have not made the playoffs for the last two years. In my oppinion i think the Leafs dont need offensive but really defensive.

Toskala if he plays how he has the past two seasons it will help the team. In 05-06 the team couldnt figure out what goalie they wanted to use. It was Belfour, then Telliqvist, then Aubin. Aubin played good for a little whie but then he was just getting lucky he wasnt all that great. Telliqvist wasnt able to prove how good he was in huge games like those two Montreal games the which were the difference for the leafs. Now Belfour i cant argue he was one of the best goalies of one time but he has passed his era.

I think we did well in the offseason of 05-06 of the signings of Kubina and Gill. Kubina turned into a bit of a bust but he can improve from last year. Gill played very well defensivly for most of the year especially on the Pk with the long reach. The 06-07 season was not well at all until January thats when the Leafs started to play very well. Raycroft played great for the team after the new year and then he was just average for most of the year.

This is how the standings will look in the East i think.

1.Ottawa because they did not lose anyone huge to their team and Drury and Gomez wont make the Rangers go from 6th to 1st.

2.NYR because the rangers have replaced NYlander very well with their two big free agent sigings and now they can have some to play with Straka as well on the second line.

3.Tampa Bay because the will play better because i feel their looking for a better goaltender and will get one.

4. Pittsburgh because more of their younger players will develop.

5. Atlanta because Kovalchuk will play better but Leghton will be on a short leash from the play offs

6.Toronto because of the goaltending of Toskala and the play of Sundin with his linemate blake.

7. Montreal if huet doesnt get injured because thats what burned them last year.

8. New Jersey makes a huge drop because they wont get Souray and they cant find a good enough replacement for Gomez.

This is just my oppinion so dont bash me to hard.

13 Responses to The Leafs in the Playoffs? Just Maybe

  1. m4gician says:

    Pfft. Montreal?! Hah they're the new 9th place team. I'll put Boston in 8th place for now.        

  2. mapleleaf92 says:

    i think ottawa isnt going to be a first place team, my guess is pittsburgh if malkin and crosby can work some magic together

  3. leaffanforlife says:

    Atlanta may be a bit too high and forget Montreal.  I'll replace Montreal with New Jersey and put Buffalo in 8th.  The Leafs in 6th?….I hope so.

  4. Glucker says:

    NYR are gonna have a slow start, as with Philly due to the amount of time it will take them to develop some form of chemistry, they will then tear it up during the second half of the season.

    Toronto Ottawa and Pittsburgh will be amazing the first part of the season, seeing as they kept their teams pretty much the same…their chemistry is still strong. Toronto and Pittsburg will slow down when their players start getting injured… Ottawa will continue to be strong…
    MTL… well they got rid of Samsonov and Souray… didn't land any1 significant… well they got Hammer… at a horrible signing… assuming no goalie injuries, their D will be better… unless they pull a rabbit out of a hat with a good trade (marleau not likely anymore, now that Drury is with NYR) look for them to be in a big-time dogfight for 8th…

  5. SensAndHabsSuck says:

    I thought pittsburgh would to better but couldnt contend with NY

  6. SensAndHabsSuck says:

    Boston hasnt done much this year other then fernandez but i dont think we will make a big difference i put them in 10th behind Buffalo.

  7. PaulK123 says:

    1. NY Rangers
    2. Atlanta
    3. Pittsburgh
    4. Philadelphia
    5. Ottawa
    6. Toronto
    7. Tampa Bay
    8. New Jersey

  8. andrizle says:

    pitsburgh and rangers are in the same division so they cant go 1 and 3, where the hell is buffalo the number one team last year. Despite losing briere and drury here not gonna fall off the radar. Dont get too hyped up on philly cuz they havnt proven anything and theyll haveto be playing the equally loaded Rangers and pitsburgh for 16 games of the season.

  9. andrizle says:

    no way pitburgh is coming in first cuz they are gunna have a nice dogfight in the atlantic division seeing as the Rangers and Philly got a whole lot better.

  10. dizon says:

    you guys are all idiots man…. leafs definateley clinch first place haha

  11. KingCanada says:

    Id replace Montreal and NJ with Buffalo and Phily, i think Phily will sneak in, and as for Buffalo just becose they lost 2 key players, that team is so deep that they will still make the playoffs.

    You also over-value Ottawa and NYR IMO.  Ottawa is a good team but i doubt they win the conference especially after chocking against the Ducks.  You guys remember when Carolina went to the finals vs Detroit and chocked in 5 games, they then ended up last in the league the next year, im not saying that will happen to the sens but they wont finish first.  NYR will have a rough start, they replaced Nylander and Shanahan with Gomez and Drury.  That might be a bit of an improvement but it wont make them jump that high i think.  Its the Jagr show in the big apple so we have yet to see how well they will mesh.

  12. mojo19 says:

    Don't forget, Florida was playing good hockey at the end of last year and Vokoun is a great addition.

  13. mojo19 says:

    I agree with andrizle.

    buffalo has a lot of good forwards. And think about Stafford who came in last year and scored at an awesome pace, and the offensive talent of Connelly who was missed all last year. Yes they take a huge blow, but still have a good team.

    Afinogenov – Connelly – Hecht
    Pominville – Roy – Vanek
    Paille – Stafford – Kokalik
    Peters – Gaustad – Mair

    Something like this, still looks like a good team. Vanek, Afinogenov, Roy, and Connelly have to step things up and win a few in the absense of Drury and Briere, but I don' think this team misses the playoffs. And they've got great goaltending and mobile defense

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