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Why the Leafs won't tank games

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08:26 AM ET 04.03 | Toronto is in a dangerous spot: winning. The Maple Leafs brought out the anti-tank guns again Monday, to fend off fans wanting them to surrender their final three games for draft purposes. A second consecutive win against Buffalo on Tuesday, coupled with a good show in season-ending games against Tampa Bay and Montreal, could see the Leafs pass a couple of teams and move out of lottery pick territory. With seven non-playoff teams separated by seven points before Monday night, the subject of tanking was a sensitive one in the dressing room. ... "(The draft) is so far from everybody's mind," defenceman John-Michael Liles said. "When things don't go well, every guy is fighting to make an impression for next season."

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April 3, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Why the Leafs won't tank games


Because they are already perfectly capable of losing them without trying?




(I'm new at this To***to bashing so if this is out of line please let me know...)

April 3, 2012  08:48 AM ET
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Why the Leafs won't tank games Because they are already perfectly capable of losing them without trying? (I'm new at this To***to bashing so if this is out of line please let me know...)

they make it very easy on themselves, Otis.

Burkie is acts like a circus clown in the center ring, getting "irked" (couldnt resist), so it is tough not to jump on the bandwagon sometimes

April 3, 2012  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why the Leafs won't tank games

Because they are already perfectly capable of losing them without trying?

(I'm new at this To***to bashing so if this is out of line please let me know...)

No Otis that's perfect. Welcome aboard.

GO LEAFS GO

April 3, 2012  08:59 AM ET

Sabres were so hoping Toronto would try to tank. You know they were salty.

April 3, 2012  09:14 AM ET

.Why the Leafs won't tank games

Because it would be redundant?

April 3, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Could have fooled me.....

April 3, 2012  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why the Leafs won't tank games Because they are already perfectly capable of losing them without trying? (I'm new at this To***to bashing so if this is out of line please let me know...)

You are certainly not out of line. Was a very good first attempt at a Laffs bashing.

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April 3, 2012  09:23 AM ET

Does anyone know how deep this year's draft is? I'm hoping that even if the Leaf's get a top 5 pick that they will somehow screw it up.

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April 3, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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Does anyone know how deep this year's draft is? I'm hoping that even if the Leaf's get a top 5 pick that they will somehow screw it up.

Sorry Danny

April 3, 2012  09:26 AM ET

"Why the Leafs won't tank games"

In order to "tank" you need to actually be a threat to win those games.

And now, and this irks me to no end....and nauseates me as well, but I need them to beat Buffalo tonight.

"GO LEAFS GO"

(covers mouth and runs to bathroom to hurl)

April 3, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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Go Giants Go Eagles Go Skins.

I shall refine my technique...

Hater. :>)

April 3, 2012  09:36 AM ET

The Leafs remind me of the Yankees in the late 60's early 70's, or The pirates now
A once proud franchise, steeped in tradition, turned into whatever is below "laughing stock". Then they make stupid trades and bad signings.
I sure hope they can turn it around, at least a little bit...maybe to the point of semi respectable? As mentioned, I always had a soft spot for them (probably in my head, I know) back when I was growing up...Palmateer, Salming,etc. And being the traditionalist hedgehog that I am, I hate seeing any of the "Original 6" looking so foolish.

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April 3, 2012  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why the Leafs won't tank games Because they are already perfectly capable of losing them without trying? (I'm new at this To***to bashing so if this is out of line please let me know...)

When you get Canuck's blessing you know it's not too little...and it's not too much...it's just right!

April 3, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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Don't be. It's paper thin, from what i've heard, after the first 3 picks.And I'll bet $1000 that when the Leafs finish 9th next year and have the 14th pick, it'll be deep as hell til the 13th.

If you bet $10,000 I'd know you were really Mitt Romney!

 
April 3, 2012  09:49 AM ET
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"Why the Leafs won't tank games"In order to "tank" you need to actually be a threat to win those games.And now, and this irks me to no end....and nauseates me as well, but I need them to beat Buffalo tonight."GO LEAFS GO"(covers mouth and runs to bathroom to hurl)

Just wait a minute. I'm already in there. (argh!)

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