After the initial (and sustained?) jubilation that followed Carlyle's firing (it's still an indescribable thrill to be able to type that sentence), Leaf Land has resumed its typically depressing programming. Many have suggested that things aren't as bad as they seem, since their PDO chart for the season is depressing, not to mention that they just went through California and St. Louis. But still, their chances at this point of making the playoffs are, shall we say, not good. If the playoffs are a pipe dream at this point, what are you hoping for this season? Tanking? Some promising play?
The All-Star break can't come fast enough-- not because I will be watching it (aside from gifs of the highlights featuring the unsurprisingly hideous jerseys), but because I think that the Leafs and I need a little break. Maybe it will be just the shot in the arm our relationship needs.
Noted villain Chris Neil is back after missing 16 games due to a knee injury.
"They tried to break Corsi by winning when it was terrible, and now they’re trying to break Corsi by losing when it’s not."
I nearly didn't link to this article because of the reference to an "overweight" Maple Leafs core. I have no patience for critiques like this, which are lazier than what they accuse Phil Kessel of being. Athletes come in all sizes.
Which is better: throwing jerseys, or throwing waffles? Throw them or don't throw them, just don't compare them to dead soldiers.
Suggested alternate title: "The Fan Announces Plan to Limit Listeners to Straight Guys Who Like Offending Marginalized Groups and Those Who Support Them"
Reading about a team that lost 9-0 twice in one season might make you feel good about the Leafs.
An exciting debut on The Faceoff Circle by @50_MissionCap