I could not bring myself to post after the game in Tampa on Tuesday night. When you are playing out the string (even though the Leafs technically had not been eliminated heading into the game) fans can expect certain things. That includes not much physical contact, very little driving to the net and not a lot of grit.
The Leafs provided exactly what most of us expected and played like a team that wanted to win only if, somehow, Tampa Bay wanted it even less.
I sensed most VLM readers would feel the same, that we needed a bit of time to gather our thoughts on the heels of a season suddenly gone south.
In any event, I have no answers. Despite the many positives that have been evident at times throughout the 2013-'14 NHL season, we’ve all discussed the same old things ad nauseum yet again this year when it comes to the Leafs—leadership, team identity, a lack of real playoff experience, the “system”, not enough grit…it’s a long list.
I’ll be posting at some point over the next few days, but thought I’d tweak your possible interest with a podcast version of Leafs who may be considered untouchable as we look to the future. I’ll save my more detailed thoughts on this subject for my next post (and you can save your comments for that post), but for now, I invite you to tune in to Episode 18 of “The Vintage Leaf Memories Podcast”.
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