Mediocrity is the name of the game played by our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs have not seen success in the last forty years, and rest easy Leaf fans, for we shall not see success in the near future
Let me start by saying that I am as big a Leaf fan as anyone.
While I’m a big supporter, I’m also a realistic fan who doesn’t expect a championship because I regard Maple Leafs Sports Entertainment as a corrupt, money laundering, cancerous organization. MLSE misleads fans with false hope year-after-year, by adding aging “big name” stars well-past their prime to the line-up.
These signings make the team semi-competitive and look good on paper.
But what these signings really are, are band-aids. They fix a temporary problem and give the fans some degree of hope for the present, while what the team really needs is a full reconstructive surgery for the future.
In most organizations, rebuilds normally start from the top-down while keeping future success in mind. Someone should let the kingpins at MLSE know that rebuilds do not consist of trading draft picks and prospects.
The Maple Leafs’ prospect farm ranks 25th overall by the online magazine Hockey’s Future. We don’t have an Erik Johnson or a Nicklas Backstrom, let alone a Jonathan Toews to ponder about what the future may hold.
Leaf Nation finds itself ecstatic with mediocre prospects like Jiri Tlusty and Robbie Earl. They may become reasonable NHLers, but they will not be superstars by any stretch of the imagination. It’s quite sad how this team keeps avoiding a rebuild by trading-away its future. They can’t even find a way to make this tactic bring success to the present.
MLSE will never even dream of a full rebuild, because Leaf Nation would never accept it. They would rather support the biggest pretenders in the league. Be a bubble team finishing in the lower playoff seed: if making the playoffs at all. At best winning a round or two for some excitement and generating more revenue.
They need to be trading for draft picks, building a decent farm team, and eventually icing a contender in a few years at the expense of a couple of poor years now.
MLSE is fine with this because they know each year coming will set record profits.
Winning is not a priority, and as long as fans are satisfied with mediocrity, this is what we’ll be given.
The greatest thing that could happen for the Toronto Maple Leafs would be for them to hit the ice at Air Canada Center on opening night, to an audience of zero. It would be the biggest slap in the face MLSE could imagine, but it’s less likely than Jessica Alba walking into my house by the end of this article. The Leafs could go 0-82, and ACC would be sold-out nightly, and MLSE would still have the nerve to raise ticket prices.
Although I have little faith in the organization’s desire to win, a fire inside me still burns for the Blue-and-White.
This fire allows me to hold my head high and anticipate another year. Even though I know it won’t happen, I still believe anything is possible.
I go with the hype MLSE sucks us into, and set myself up for another year of disappointment.
This is the curse of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
I hear knocking at the door, it could be Jessica Alba.