Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle and general manager Brian Burke held a press conference Tuesday at which they discussed the season that is now behind them and what the future has in store for the organization.
The majority of this past season looked promising for the Toronto Maple Leafs. There was strong positioning for them to make the playoffs. Following winning just seven of their last twenty-nine games, the Leafs finished in 13th place in the Eastern Conference. This was the seventh consecutive season that the Toronto Maple Leafs have not pulled through for the fans and made it into round 1 of the post-season grind for the coveted Stanley Cup. The Toronto Maple Leafs finished their year with 80 points, a disappointing five less points then last season.
Randy Carlyle wants the defensive side of their game improved, although he also believes the team’s work ethic, accountability and conditioning are the areas which most need improvements.
“The team hasn’t played to a consistent level,” Carlyle stated. ” The level of our work ethic has to go up.”
The Toronto Maple Leafs stand an 8.1% chance to receive the first-overall selection in the upcoming 2012 NHL Draft. They are guaranteed a top six pick and are seeded to pick fifth.
The Toronto Maple Leafs also posted an apology on their website addressed to their fans. The letter to fans was posted on the site Monday, asking for forgiveness following missing the playoffs for the seventh straight year.
Here’s some sample of lines what the letter contains:
– “We have fallen short of everyone’s expectations, and for that we are sorry. We take full responsibility for how this team performs on the ice, and we make no excuses.”
– “The way this year ended was unacceptable. Results are the only measure of success in sports and the results speak for themselves.”
– “Ownership believes in the plan for the Maple Leafs.”