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C - Mats Sundin, Darby Hendrickson, Steve Sullivan, Alyn McCauley. LW - Fredrik Modin, Steve Thomas, Todd Warriner, Derek King, Kris King, Igor Korolev, Garry Valk. RW - Sergei Berezin, Tie Domi, Mike Johnson, Adam Mair, Lonny Bohonos. D - Sylvain Cote, Dimitri Yushkevich, Alexander Karpovtsev, Jason Smith, Daniil Markov, Kevin Dahl, Glen Featherstone, Tomas Kaberle, Yanick Tremblay. G - Curtis Joseph, Felix Potvin.






10/30 at Buffalo   L 4-1  
10/31 Bufalof      L 6-3   
11/04 Colorado     W 3-0 
11/05 at Boston    L 4-1
11/07 NY Rangers   T 6-6
11/09 NY Islanders L 3-1 


Northeast Division  GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA  
  Boston            15   6   6   3    15   36   26   
  Montreal          13   6   5   2    14   34   33  
  Toronto           14   6   6   2    14   41   44  
  Ottawa            11   6   5   0    12   37   34   
  Buffalo           11   5   3   3    13   30   23


by Jonah A. Sigel, Toronto Correspondent

What Year Is This Again?

After a great start, the leafs have fallen back to earth with a loud thump. Yes, the blue and white of late certainly have brought their faithful fans back to reality. As their record indicates since their impressive beginning, it is going to be very difficult for this team to compete night in and night out.

The playoffs will come only as a result of hard work because they are not going to get any gifts from anyone in their division or conference. Teams like the Islanders and the Penguins, who on paper appear to be lacking in depth, have put together a nice string of competitive games and the Sabres and Rangers have also turned it on of late.

Many of the problems of last year continue to plague the Maple Leafs. The most damning of them all is their league worst power play. With the exception of Sundin, the entire group is inept and seems to loose any fight whenever they have the man advantage.

Curiously enough, the major fear of the pundits with regards to Toronto was the lack of a second line center to play behind Sundin. Ironically, though, the second line center has not been the weakness that most expected. What has been missing is a front line player to play with Sundin. Fredrik Modin has been a huge disappointment and it says here unless he finds a cure for his allergy towards the corners he never will make it in the NHL.

What has become a trademark of the current Leaf regime, management, at least so far, has been content in watching the team perform and see what happens. One deal has been made and it was a dandy. Mike Smith, from the early results anyway, got totally fleeced by Neil Smith in the Karpovtsev for Schneider deal. Schneider has added much needed offense to the Rangers while Leaf Coach Pat Quinn has already had Potsie listed as a healthy scratch. You can almost hear Quinn telling Alexander, "Sit on it Potsie!"

As for the Potvin situation, nothing is doing. No word seems to be the company line. Much will hinge on what happens with Pavel Bure. It is unlikely that a deal can get done simply between the Leafs and another squad. The smart money is on a three-way deal.

The Leafs are in a very difficult part of their schedule. They must at best come out of this part playing .500 hockey or else every game will be a must win. And to be behind the eight ball so early in the season is taxing and does not historically bode well for a long playoff run. Knowing the Leafs' history, buckle up, because we are going to need every point we can get.

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