Thirteenth with An Anchor
So at the official halfway mark of the season the Leafs have all of 16 victories and are trying their darndest to hold on to 13th place in the Eastern Conference against the hard-charging Washington Capitals.
Yes, that Leafs-Caps race for 13th could be a dandy.
With the club on pace for an 80-point season, fair to say the Ferguson-Maurice plan isn't working so far?
It all went bad, really bad, in Pittsburgh on Thursday night in a 6-2 thumping, including three goals against in 48 seconds in the third period, again the nightmarish portion of the evening's proceedings for the heroes of Toronto.
And now we all get to wonder what Don Cherry will do Saturday night with the Darcy Tucker-Jarkko Ruutu fight.
In case you missed it, Ruutu fed Tucker a steady diet of right hands and bloodied him, as badly as Tucker has lost a fight while a Leaf. Tucker's not a big guy and he always gets marks for taking on bigger opponents, but this defeat just added to his awful season.
Ruutu was, you will remember, the stompee in the infamous Chris Simon stomping incident, excoriated by Cherry for somehow deserving it and for always being unwilling to fight.
Well, the ferocious Finn was certainly willing last night, and Tucker paid for it.
But will Cherry, who loves to show fight after fight after fight on his segment, feature this scrap on Coaches Corner? Somehow, I doubt it.
(Ed. Note: There were two fights shown Saturday night on Coach's Corner. Neither featured the one-sided Tucker-Ruutu scrap.)
Meanwhile, with Scott Clemmensen beaten for six goals last night, coach Paul Maurice faces the prospect of having to start Andrew Raycroft at the ACC on Saturday night. Maurice acknowledged on Wednesday that there has been an effect "on the bench" when Raycroft has struggled at home and been booed for it.
The club could, of course, rush Vesa Toskala back, but what would be the point of that?
To review, the Leafs have, over the past seven days, been hammered by the Rangers on home ice, edged past the 29th place Lighting at the ACC in a shootout, then been whaled on by a Pittsburgh team that's been struggling all year to find a measure of consistency.
After seven losses in nine games, and with the club sitting in a truly embarrassing position in the standings, there would be a lot of markets in which ownership would simply not stand for the current situation.
But this is Toronto. This is MLSE, which counts gate receipts, not wins and losses, and employs people to convince the public on a daily basis that a hockey team that was out of it in October isn't really out of it now.