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From the Press Box: Turmoil in Toronto

Paul Bruno

Paul Bruno

Known in sports media as The Beast and The StatsMan, Paul is a 23-year veteran of the STATS INC reporter network, scoring play by play for the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs. Appears regularly on 120 Sports, providing Fantasy Hockey analysis. President of both the Society for International Hockey Research and Canadian Football Research Society. In 1992, invented in-game statistics that are tracked in the NHL'S Real Time Scoring system. Contributing author of "Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary of a Dynasty, 1957-1967" and "CFL: Celebrating 50 Years of Memories".

Today, From the Press Box:

Topping the NHL storylines…The Third Straight annual meltdown in Toronto, coupled with the equally stunning turnaround, against all odds, in Detroit. How have these stories unfolded down the stretch?

Turmoil in Toronto

In the last decade, the Maple Leafs have only made the playoffs twice. Three years ago they lost 19 of their last 24 games to fall outside the playoff race. Last year, they coughed up a three-goal lead in the third period of Game 7 against Boston - the only time in NHL history such a deficit has ever been overturned in a Game 7. This year, the Leafs had a virtual lock on a playoff spot before their current eight-game losing streak, which has likely sealed another non-playoff fate. Finally, they have ended that slide with a narrow 3-2 over Calgary on Tuesday night.

Against this backdrop of futility, we ought to look at some possible player evaluations, past and present that will imp

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