Winning just three of their past 10 games, The Leafs have entered the type of free-fall that they managed to avoid in last year’s lock-out shortened season.
Sunday’s 5-2 shellacking by the Boston Bruins showed that the Leafs have a lot to work on if they want to do better than another first round exit – if they even make it that far.
To make things even worse, Dion Phaneuf’s dangerous hit late in the Bruins’ game got him suspended for the next two Leafs’ games. Without Phaneuf, the Leafs’ defensive corps will be even weaker. The addition of John-Michael Liles