From The Star
For a team that is tied for last in the NHL, with one win in its last 10 games and likely to miss the playoffs for the 10th time in 11 seasons, things sure are quiet around the Toronto Maple Leafs.
There will be no bloodletting this year as there was last when general manager Dave Nonis, head coach Peter Horachek, the assistant coaches and a bevy of scouts lost their jobs.
The off-season hirings of head coach Mike Babcock and GM Lou Lamoriello have changed the conversation from: “How bad are the Leafs?” to “How good will they be in a year or two?”
Tyler Bozak, who has lived through the tumultuous times in an entire NHL career spent with the Leafs, has noticed.
“There’s a lot of excitement with Mike and Lou here,” Bozak said. “They’ve done a lot of good things with teams before. There’s a lot of trust for them to turn the ship around here. Hopefully, we’re on the right track.”
That may not be reflected in the standings, where the Leafs (17-22-9) find themselves tied for last in points with Columbus and Edmonton.
But there’s a plan that goes beyond this season, building on recent drafts that netted them such prospects as William Nylander and Mitch Marner, and trades that brought them others like Kasperi Kapanen and Zach Hyman.
The Leafs have had terrible seasons before, each with its own set of ramifications. The franchise has been in seeming disarray for almost 50 years.