If you are a die-hard fan of the storied Toronto Maple Leafs, you have felt many years of disappointment. Every September there is hope that this will be the year "we" will end the 40-year Stanley Cup drought. All signs indicate that this Stanley Cup famine will reach at least 41 years.
As a fan of the blue and white I have to say that the salary-cap system is terrible. Why should the most profitable franchise in the entire hockey world be restricted to spending the same amount on salaries as the hockey mad fans of Phoenix, Arizona? I hope you picked up on my sarcasm. Should the leagues richest team, not to mention the most loyal fans, be treated this poorly? The answer is no. The Maple Leafs have allowed the bottom feeders to survive in the new cap system. While they struggle to reach the floor, Toronto is bashing its head on the cap ceiling. It is no secret that Toronto was
about the only franchise that was ok with continuing with the status quo, and didn't need "cost certainty." Could you imagine the uproar if the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were restricted to spending Milwaukee Brewers dollars on player salaries?
Leafs nation deserves to have the elite players. If the fans are willing to shell out hundreds of dollars for a seat, they deserve to have the best. Hockey is a religion to us. We are in another universe than Yankee or Red Sox fans. Our next championship will require marshall law in the city of Toronto. So my question is, why not a soft cap system?
I just finished watching the documentary "Sicko." I love our socialized medical care and I encourage the United States to adopt such a system. However, I hate my socialized NHL. No team left behind. This is professional sports, not life. A
soft cap system would allow those with money to spend, while paying a luxury tax to the small market teams.
Am I the only Leafs fan that sees this injustice?