In a normal world the playoffs would have started by now. We’d all be heavily invested in how the refs are screwing over the Leafs and the Lightning are a far dirtier team than anyone gives them credit for. Without Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri, we’d have picked out our new first round scapegoats, and while I’m sure Tyson Barrie would be one of them, I’m curious if we’d be cursing a run of a bad penalties by Kyle Clifford, talking about Spezza losing a step, or just listening to our cranky old uncles complain about Nylander and Matthews being too soft, while they are suspiciously fine with Mitch Marner.
Instead here we are, discussing an expansion draft that is just over a year away. We’ll probably see some hockey before that happens. I doubt we’ll see the conclusion of this season, but I remain optimistic for a full 2020-21 season, that’s not really the point. While the expansion is still far off on the horizon, the planning for it needs to start this summer.
The Leafs will be in a situation where they …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation