The Maple Leafs fail
The Maple Leafs missed out on the two players they really needed the most, Ryan Smyth (Colorado Avalanche) and Paul Kariya (St. Louis Blues). They instead signed a 34 year old, who’s a league renowned a**hole, and dressing room cancer to a big contract. Now I sit here writing my 200th article, an article I was hoping to use to announce the Ryan Smyth signing, writing about another failed off-season for the Maple Leafs, and previewing another ninth place finish for the biggest failure since the Chicago Cubs…. I apologize to every fan and employee of the Chicago Cubs organization, I don’t know what I was saying, that was just rude.
So what did the Maple Leafs lose out on? Smyth, would have been the absolute perfect fit for Mats Sundin. Sundin and McCabe leave huge rebonds with their big shots, and Smyth would have been perfect for tipping them in and shooting in the garbage.
Then there’s Paul Kariya. The man the puck control contest was made for. I would have loved to see Kariya in a Maple Leafs uniform. I have no idea what he would have cost. I really don’t give a flying sh*t. This is a team that was even considered too slow in the old NHL, and they could have used a speed demon like Paul Kariya.
And yet Bryan McCabe is still a Maple Leaf. Alex Steen will score 15 goals next year with all that potential he has, and we have a $2 million backup goalie, who no one in the league will ever want to touch.
Ya, I’ll get flamed, but the same thing happened last year on July 1st. There were also guarantees the Leafs would come in 5th place or better. If the Maple Leafs make the playoffs this year, it’s because the North East division was severely weakened today.