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October 17th, 2009 by Baxter Leave a reply »
Ron Wilson of the Toronto Maple Leafs has some classy quotes

Ron Wilson of the Toronto Maple Leafs has some classy quotes

This is a disaster in the making. Its cringingly bad, kinda like when Caroline Marcil tried to sing the U.S. National Anthem, forgot the lyrics, went back to get them, only to wipe out on the ice. Gotta feel sorry for her. Then again, hard to look away too.

The Toronto Maple Leafs so far this year remind me of poor Caroline. Intentions are great, but just like that poor singer, the Leafs have also fallen down when it matters the most (i.e. on the ice).

Take a look at this sampling of quotable quotes, from the late preseason, to the first six games of this regular season:

September 18th, 2009:  ”It’s a statement to our players that we want to be competitive right now.”
- Brian Burke, talking about the Phil Kessel trade

September 19th, 2009:  ”I strongly believe we have the right pieces here now.”
- Matt Stajan

September 19th, 2009:  ”It’s fun when you win. We can build a little momentum. At least we’ll know what it feels like to win”.
- Ron Wilson following a 5-4 preseason win over the Philadelphia Flyers

September 22nd, 2009:  ”We’re trying to establish home-ice advantage here at the ACC. We have great fans. We have a great building. We want to make it tough for teams to come in here and play.”
- Mike Komisarek

October 1, 2009:  ”We require as a team proper levels of pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence. That’s how our teams play.”
- Brian Burke

October 1, 2009:  ”They’re going to be a very physically powerful team, so you’re going to see a lot of crushing body checks and a handful of fights and people are going to walk away, win or lose, and be entertained by that.”
- Darren Dreger

… And the rest all come from head coach Ron Wilson:

October 1, 2009: Leafs lose 4-3 to Montreal. “We’ve got some defencemen who played like Peewee hockey players.”

October 3, 2009: Leafs lose 6-4 to Washington. “You felt like you were in a piranha fish tank.”

October 6, 2009: Leafs lose 2-1 to Ottawa. “We stunk, period. That wasn’t a battle of Ontario, by any stretch of the imagination.”

October 10, 2009:  Leafs lose 5-2 to Pittsburgh. “It’s depressing here right now.”

October 12, 2009: Leafs lose 7-2 to New York. “It can’t always be like the movie ‘Usual Suspects.’ It’s easy to pick on four or five guys, but we need more from everybody.”

October 13, 2009: Leafs lose 4-1 to Colorado. “We’re not giving the fans any reason to cheer us.”

Year of the Toronto Maple Leafs last cup. Classy.

Year of the Toronto Maple Leafs last cup. Classy.

Gotta love Ron Wilson. I don’t think he’s about to be fired any time soon, however. It would be an embarassment to the US Olympic hockey program since he has been named to be the head coach for the men’s hockey team in 2010. After the Olympics are over, anything is possible.

And talk of making the playoffs? The Leafs may have already dug a whole too deep to climb out of. Since the 2005-06 season, the eighth-place club at the end of the regular season in the Eastern Conference held at least 92 points (2005-06: Tampa Bay 92 pts; 2006-07: Islanders 92 pts; 2007-08: Bruins 94 pts; 2008-09: Canadiens 93 pts). This basically means that with 76 games left to go, the Leafs need at least 91 points. That could be, for example, be a record of 42-27-7.

Ya. Right.

Fellow blogger Burgundy even sent me a text message the other night as he watched the Leafs game vs. Colorado. Referring to the Leafs, he wrote “This is laughingly bad. This must be what we look like when we play Friday (pickup) hockey.”

Sorry, Burgundy, I think you’re wrong there. I’ll bet you a few pints that our Friday guys could beat the Leafs if we put our minds to it. And if I don’t get stuck playing defence.

Stay classy, Ron Wilson.

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  1. Joseph Farr says:

    You guys need to pick something up here.Lord Jesus i mean all the franchise cares about is money.F*** MONEY you guys got enough to still be the most wealthiest franchise in the league. You guys have a pretty good goalie, Gusstavvson if you play him more, and youll have more wins,Plus he did get the only 3 wins you guys have this year. When the trade deadline comes trade Toskala hes like a God D*mn fish in net always flopping around You guys havent got a F***ing cup in 40 plus years. Smarten Up guys–Angry Leafs Fan

  2. Baxter says:

    Um…I think you should start cheering for another team. How ’bout those Senators?

  3. Mariam says:

    Doesn’t matter how much the Leafs suck, we’re still gonna cheer for them. W/e, I mean the only way they can go right now is up anyway. Hopefully one day we’ll get to see the cup. Until then, we will be cheering away. We dont need the stupid senators.

  4. Burgundy says:

    @ Mariam – Thanks for the comment and for stopping by. You are right that the Leafs can’t get much worse. The problem with them is they never got a chance to properly bottom out and rebuild with high draft picks under the JFJ regime because there was a lot of 9th/10th place finishes. The one year they finish 29th with a really deep draft was the only year they absolutely needed draft picks.

    In saying that I like the Kessel deal, sort of. I don’t like the fact next year’s 1st round pick is involved (an offer sheet wouldn’t have included that one), but the fact remains that last year (at the time of the trade) Kessel was the best available (or semi available) young star that wasn’t locked into a long term deal. The kid is only 22 years old (as of writing this) and has plenty of time to continue developing speed, strength, skill, etc…

    Anyways, I’m not ripping on your Leafs. But last year was hard to watch as a fan of hockey. One day for the sake of Leafs fans, I hope the Leafs are actually contenders again. And for the record, I believe the Leafs can make the playoffs this year IF they stay healthy.

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