[tps_header]Most Disappointing Team: Toronto Maple Leafs[/tps_header]
You could make a case for the Canucks as the NHL’s most disappointing team, but they just can’t top Toronto’s collapse of epic proportions. With a final month that inevitably forced Maple Leaf fans to revisit last year’s historic Game 7 collapse against the Boston Bruins, Toronto missed the playoffs completely after appearing to be a lock for the postseason in March.
The Maples Leafs boasted the Eastern Conference’s third-best record as late as March 14, but fell into a downward spiral, losing 12 of their final 14 to finish 12th in the East. It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly was at the root of their struggles, but lackluster defense and players that didn’t seem to buy in to coach Randy Carlyle’s philosophy didn’t help matters. The culture in Toronto isn’t a winning one, and new president Brendan Shanahan definitely has his work cut out for him.