Welcome to my first blog...ever. After reading the comments from so many disgruntled Leafs fans, and watching the Leafs pre-season games as of late I felt I had to start my own blog so I could throw my own 2 cents into the mix. My message to leafs nation: Calm down.
Every move the Leafs make is scrutinized over and over again by the fans, and the media. Folks, this is pre-season, teams are not meant to be in top form. Yes the Leafs looked terrible last night as Buffalo destroyed them 7-2, and yes Toskala looked bad, but we need to learn to be patient. After two years of missing the playoffs it is easy to see why Leafs fans are frustrated, and I feel your pain.
This team will come together, and hey, if they don't make the playoffs this year (which I believe they will) at least we can hope that JFJ finally moves along, and the Leafs get serious about their management. Paul Maurice is a great coach, and you can bet after last night that his Leafs will improve for their next game against Detriot on Friday.
As for Toskala, give the guy a chance to get his legs back and get into the groove with a new team. He's not used to the Leafs style of play, nor the pressure of the Toronto Media and fans. He will adapt, and he will succeed. In my opinion he is a much better Goalie than Andrew Raycroft was last season, but hey, maybe a little competition will result in a more competitive and improved Raycroft.
It is way too early to throw in the towel, and call for Toskala's head as many fans seem to be doing.
Expect more from me soon, this first post was mainly to vent my frustration with Leafs Fans claiming we'll miss the playoffs again without seeing a single regular season game. In the future I will be blogging about more specific topics, and focusing on analysis of the team and it's players.
Hope you enjoyed the first one.