Going from a Canada-USA gold medal game yesterday to a Leaf-Hurricane game tomorrow is a enormous drop off in quality. Like coming off of a huge sugar high. The Maple Leafs will inevitably finish in the bottom three which will forever brand the Kessel trade as disaster unless one day in the future he is carrying a Stanley Cup wearing the blue maple leaf on his jersey. If Brian Burke moves useful bodies for draft picks to replenish his bare cupboard, the Leafs will sink even further in the standings. Unless Burke can convince the Capitals that they need to dump Alex Ovechkin's salary for Maple Leaf spare parts.
Toronto, how does the NHL look from the bottom of the standings? Get used to it. We will be a fixture there for the next couple of seasons.