Well, Ummm, Maybe Not
Two wins and already you can feel the impetus for change fading.
This is, after all, the Maple Leafs. They don't want to win, not really, but at the same time, they'd rather not have the entire city hating them.
Something in between, the mushy middle, is what has made MLSE what it is today.
So if this thing gets to a comfy .500 level over the next two weeks, not impossible, then you can expect more nothing.
No second coming of Cliff Fletcher. More JFJ at the helm with the executioner's axe pulled back to, oh, about an inch from his neck.
Which means opportunity may once more be ignored. Which means the opportunity to draft high this summer may go out the window if the club can manage to finish, oh, 10th or 11th, certainly possible if the decision is made not to have a fire sale before the trade deadline.
Hey, knowing this hockey organization, it might TRADE AWAY its first round pick to another team in order to pick up some veteran and take a last minute run at eighth in the east.
Leaf fans, I think, are coming to understand this. They know the best chance for change and real improvement lies in this season going right down the tubes.
If that doesn't happen, well, the mandarins of MLSE can say, "Well, ummm, maybe we don't have to change a thing. And the fans sure are cheering loud again, aren't they?"
The dynamic is the same, and every win this team picks up over the next few months takes it further away from ever ending its Stanley Cup drought.