It's tough to get excited about the Maple Leafs these days.
We all know that January was historically bad, in no small part because of their laughably low shooting percentage. We know that the Leafs' playoff chances took a nosedive. And while the Leafs are not so bad as to compete with Edmonton and Buffalo for McDavid, they're definitely in the draft lottery conversation.
We know that things aren't good, to put it mildly.
With each game comes a weird position no sports fan wants to be in: We all want to see our teams win, but in the Leafs' case, a win won't really help them when all we have to look forward to is a deep draft. Do I want them to lose? Can I really hope that they lose? Is being a fan any fun at all when you watch your team and hope that they lose? How are we back here, again?
Big changes are in store for this team. A rebuild is probably coming, and much of the core is likely on its way out. I am finding it difficult to get excited about this team right now, but I'm also realizing that this is my last chance to see many of these players wearing Leafs jerseys. Sure, some I won't miss. But as difficult as things have been, we have some wonderful memories with many of these players as well. I want to watch them while I can. That isn't excitement, exactly, but it's something.
Leafs-Predators Game Preview--Toronto Star
Sweet Mike Fisher pun
TLN Top 20 Prospects-- Honourable Mentions
@thejustinfisher looks at the Leafs prospects who are impressing, but aren't Top 20 material.
Leafs Prospect Update-- Maple Leafs Hot Stove
Yes. Let's think about the future instead.
Things have never looked this bleak for Maple Leafs--Sportsnet
An uplifting piece by @reporterchris
Leafs scoring futility reaches record levels--Mirtle
This is just depressing.
What should the Leafs do about Peter Horachek?
@BobbyCappucino tells it like it is (the only way he knows how)
The Leafs should remove the "interim" tag from Horachek
Do you agree that Horachek should stick around long-term?
Around the League
NHL Emoji Power Rankings-- The Faceoff Circle
I can't support this stance on pizzas with pineapple on them. They're delicious and I don't care what anyone else thinks.
Gary Bettman made a horrible footwear choice at the White House--Puck Daddy
I'm thrilled that the Kings were throwing some appropriate shade.
Some guy shaved Jordie Benn's beard in a Super Bowl bet--Defending Big D
That was a favour to us all.
Weekend Wrap: When Playoff Bubbles Deflate-- Down Goes Brown
The Leafs are on Connor Watch, but not likely for long.