Well so much for dodge ball and so much for optimism. 1 more game and 1 more loss for the falling leafs. I'm going to go out on a limb now, ( I promise that's my last pun ). I predict the leafs will not make the playoffs. I know it's early and it's been a tough schedule and they've had injuries, yadda, yadda, yadda. Unfortunately, none of these excuses amount to anything. The fact is they just aren't very good.
So what do we do now? Answer .... NOTHING! There may be nothing we can do. We can't score and we can't keep the puck out of the net. Yes, we have some young guns on the farm and yes, some of them should be up with the team, but even if management were to swallow their idiotic pride and admit they've underestimated the players left behind at training camp, and overestimated the group they have now, what can they do about it now.
If Burke and Wilson woke up tomorrow morning and said let's promote Tyler Bozak, Jiri Tlusty, and Christian Hanson, they could never expect them to make a big enough impact to dig them out the hole they're in now. Even if Francois Beachemin and Mike Komisarek, were to return to the players they thought they were when they were aquired they would still have to win seven games in a row just to get to.500.
Maybe Phil Kessel can emerge from injury and score like the star he is. Who knows maybe Burke can make that blockbuster deal for Tomas Kaberle, he's talked about it enough. Maybe The Monster, Jonas Gustavsson, will be as good in his rookie NHL season as he was in Sweden. That's a lot of maybes for a team that has shown nothing so far. Well, maybe this is as good as it gets. Not good news for a team without a decent draft choice until 2012. I guess we do what we always do ... keep watching and wait for next year, or the year after, or ....