The Toronto Maple Leafs entered the 2023-24 season full of optimism after finally getting over the first round hump last spring. However, their inconsistent and lackluster play through the first couple months has already tested the patience of fans and pundits alike.
Friedman Dismisses Leafs' Chances at Kane
This was hilariously evidenced this week when NHL insider Elliotte Friedman essentially dismissed the idea of star winger Patrick Kane signing with the Leafs. In discussing Kane's free agency options, Friedman bluntly stated:
"I know Toronto has been mentioned, the way Toronto is playing right now, if Kane is basing this one where he thinks he could win, and he is, I'm just not sure that makes any sense."
Ouch. With the Leafs currently outside a playoff position while teams like the Rangers, Red Wings and Bruins thrive, it's hard to argue with Friedman's assessment. Toronto has mightily struggled on defense and in net this season, undermining their star-studded group of forwards.
Meanwhile, those aforementioned teams linked to Kane find themselves near the top of the standings. It's easy to see why Kane would prefer those destinations to boost his Cup chances this season over the floundering Leafs.
Leafs Have Time to Turn Things Around
Of course, it's not too late for Toronto to turn things around. With just two points separating them from second place in the Atlantic, the Leafs have time to fix their issues. But there's no question the team's poor first half play has already damaged their reputation around the league.
If the Leafs can't find some consistency soon, more damning criticism from pundits like Friedman is sure to follow. For now, his humorous dismissal of Toronto's chances at nabbing Patrick Kane reflects the growing negative sentiment around hockey's self-proclaimed center of the universe.As Read On Insider Elliotte Friedman Buries The Toronto Maple Leafs With Savage Comments
HOW FAR DO THE LEAFS MAKE IT THIS SEASON?
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|NO PLAYOFFS||38||24.2 %|
|1ST RD EXIT||80||51 %|
|CONFERENCE FINALS||27||17.2 %|
|STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS||12||7.6 %|
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