Head coach Ron Wilson was highly perturbed right after the loss, threatening to nail those who repeat their mistakes to the bench. A day later, he turned his annoyance on reporters who were wondering about the similarity to last year's team.
“It was an exhibition game – it didn't bother me at all,” Wilson said Sunday. “What bothers me is being asked asinine questions while you're trying to give young players a chance.“We're not going to win the Stanley Cup this year. There's a news flash for you.”
Puck Daddy weighs in:
Is this honestly too brutal? As we said in our Leafs preview this weekend, management has already put out the vibe that this team doesn't have NHL talent and that the playoffs aren't likely. The bar is ridiculously low, and Wilson has put his foot on it to drop it even lower. But is it fair to the fans when the head coach declares before a single regular season shift has been completed that this is basically a lost season for the franchise?
I say yes. No point in lying to the poor kids of the Leaf Nation.
I'm of the belief that, no matter how bad you get, there's still a lot of parity in this league - and especially in the Eastern Conference. Toronto will definitely struggle to score goals this season, but they're not alone in that, and I don't think it's ludicrous to think they could steal some games and hang around longer in the race for eighth than many believe.
Tavares. Las Vegas.