The truth revealed once and for all
You guys just dont get it, do you.. I am so so tired of hearing all you talking heads left and right complaining about how its an injustice to leaf nation if Mats isnt moved by the deadline. I mean you guys are so ridiculously blind, its getting to the point where its borderline embaressing.. And thats no joke..
Ive been a leaf fan ever since i was walking. And by that I mean a real leaf fan! Ill stand behind my team no matter what, 8-0 blowouts, lack of talent to put the biscuit in the basket whatever, truth be told it honestly doesnt matter what happens – Ill always stand for them because they are my team! I really wish I could slap all you bandwagon jumpers right in your visors.. If you dont like or believe in that sweater, then just shut your mouth and go cheer for Ottawa or the habs! You see the true true leaf fans know the secret that you guys missed or forgotten somewhere along the way with the creation of all these supposed “hockey reporting programs” And that is – that there is something absolutely special about playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the city of Toronto. Theres something different about this city, its unique to anyother market, and youre a fool if you dont know that every single player in professional hockey all over the world knows that!! Theres a love, passion, tradition, loyalty that is undeniable and uncomparable to anyplace else.. Theres something special about always having a full building that believe and support their team more so than anyother sport franchise on this PLANET! Do you need to hear that again — PLANET!
Now dont get me wrong here, changes need to be made, absolutely they do – MLSE is absolute disgrace to the city! Its run by snakes, and if one day during a press conference R.Peddie pulls the skin off his face and reveals hes a demon, I absolutely wouldnt be surprised at all.. Changes need to be made and made properly. They need to get an INTELLIGENT saavy GM. who is a good judge of character (which JFJ obviously wasnt) and someone who realises the damage MLSE causes and wants to quickly remedy that. The main thing is whoever it is has to understand the unique situation in Toronto and milk it for everything he can.
And if it was me, I honestly wouldnt trade Mats unless its something really good and then still it would have to be very very good.. No untested prospect or hopeful kid and a pick would do. It has to be a package with an impact player – someone who there is an immediate return for.. Beauchemain, Perry. a threeway for Vinnie in Tampa, it has to be someone with that kindve potential. If it was JFJ in charge still he’d think Mats for Sean O’donnel was a good deal.. But its not like its the end of the world here, The afvantage is Torontos corner. Ask for the moon, and if they dont wanna pay then so be it. Look towards UFAs and smart local drafting and we’ll build from the summer.. For me I wouldnt sell Mats until I had the assurance that he would return and retire with the team hes meant to.. If he does go somewhere else he truly has all the reasons to stay away and not come back – but I know he sees the one thing here that all you dont, the one thing that transcends all this talk of trades and that is loyalty to a city and a respect to a franchise!
Im gonna put this in caps so I annoy all you ppl asking for Mats, Kabby and Tucker to hit the road, or the anti-leafs as you should be known as (thats you fake fans who call in and write on these shows after losses about the endless list of problems and changes that need to be made to the club)
— THE PROPER RESPECT TO SHOW SOMEONE LIKE MATS, SOMETHING THAT HE HAS EARNED FROM US!!! AND THAT IS TO FOLLOW HIS WISHES, AND IF MATS WANTS TO STAY, THAN WE SHOULD BE GRATEFUL THAT-THAT IS WHAT HE WANTS!
You just dont realise that there is no quick fix via the deadline to fill the void he leaves – infact theres not enought to fill Mats left skate in the long run!!
The focus should be internally. Get a proper GM to steer the ship. Then milk the fact that whether ppl wanna deny it or not, good canadian hockey players want nothing more than to play under Torontos spotlight, close to family, and trust me I know more than you think about what these players feel. There are alot of Canadian men, and kids out there that want to come to Toronto and play..
But there are obviously players thats time has come with the franchise, its just so ridiculous to say that Mats is one of them.. We all know that the defence played brutal last year, but make no mistake about it Andrew Blowcroft is a horrible, horrible unconfident goaltender in blue & white. I hate to say it but its true, even with his astonishing 35+ wins last year, he still dropped the ball in like more than 15 other games that shouldve been absolute leaf wins, or points atleast.. Ves is the right choice for now up until Pogge comes up and tries to take the job from him. Thats the right path for sure.. But Blowcroft needs to go out west somewhere and play for a smaller market – he clearly cannot handle the pressure up here, he just simply embaresses himself in almost every game and he knows it..
The main thing I wish I could give this team is to just simply get along with eachother and realise theyre all in it together. The dont even seem to like one another anymore. Theres absolutely no passion and I mean none, how can you sign emotionless ppl like this, Paul Maurice being one of them. He is way too passive. My biggest biggest concern is their assistants. Randy Ladaceour?? Are you kidding me? Say his name a couple times then wonder why the leafs play with such a bad, shaky system.. In the summer they better go out and get some heart for this team, and that starts in the GM spot right down to the Coach and ALL of his staff. They could manage with the Marlies but theyre litteraly out of their leagues up here in Toronto. You have to have EXPERIENCE behind the bench, PLAYING experience preferably. Whats Pat “the Moustache” Burns up too next year??
… If theyre smart they’ll listen to this as it comes from the original Hockey God (Don Cherry) – You WONT find the heart the leafs truly need outside of Canada, you should look no further than there. Ian Laperriere. Bredan Morrow, Shane Doan, Iggy = that is heart. Guys like Pony, Kubina, they have a hard enough time learning the english language, let alone the language of hockey canada, and what we EXPECT and DEMAND.. Say what you want about Don Cherry, but there is absolutely no man on this earth who is as intelligent, and hockey saavy than him. No one comes close. He would truly be the best GM any team could ever dream of.. Hed be as good as bowman no doubt, maybe even better cause of the tenacity and fire he still he has.. Can you imagine if that started to rub off on the leaf players! That will obviously never happen tho..
All I want to say tho is directly to the so called leaf fans – have some respect! You should all be ashamed that you got caught up on the tail hitch of the bandwagon again.. You guys wanna know whats wrong with the Leafs, look no further than yourselves. You guys are big part of the reason they are where they are today, and thats the truth! Save all the negaitivity and absurdities for the professionals on those joke shows like tsn, snet. Those knobs couldnt manage a hockey pool with their expert advice, let alone give advice to a franchise – you have to remember – theirs is the business of controversy, theyd rather watch the leafs fail and blow up, then win the cup or succeed.. Its like the states and stars like Britney. They want them to fall on their faces viciously and embaressingly so they can exploit them dry.. Darren Dragon or Dregger doesnt fool me at all tho, I can plainly see his sens jersey under his cheap suit!
In the end there is only one way for a true Leaf fan to look at things – your either with the leafs thru thick and thin, from the 8-0 L, OT W vs DET, to a lowly 14th place. Your either with all that, or quite simply put your an Ottawa Senators fan!
My adivce stay on the bandwagon and keep goin north till u hit those f
ranchises that wont hack it in the end — The true ones will stay here and reap soon enuogh :p