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Few offseason changes for Maple Leafs lead to several short-season questions in Toronto

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Phil Kessel, left, battles for the puck with Dion Phaneuf during a one-on-one drill at NHL hockey training camp in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)The Associated Press

  • Toronto Maple Leafs' Colton Orr watches a drill during NHL hockey training camp in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)The Associated Press

  • Toronto Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul, foreground, and Phil Kessel, behind Lupol, sign autographs after NHL hockey training session at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Thursday Jan. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)The Associated Press

  • Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle watches players warm up during NHL hockey training camp in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)The Associated Press

  • Frank Bathgate, a Toronto Maple Leafs fan for 73 years, sits in a chair as pennants hang above a practice rink marking the previous Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley Cup wins, at the Leafs NHL hockey practice in Toronto, Monday Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)The Associated Press

Like the surprise in the Cracker Jack box, no one's too sure what you'll get with the Toronto Maple Leafs this season.

Fans just hope it's better than the year before. And the year before that. And the year before that.

But the signs aren't too promising. General manager Brian Burke is gone. Goaltender Roberto Luongo hasn't arrived. And there have been minimal changes to the team that went 35-37-10 and finished 13th in the East.

Toronto won just 10 of 33 games after the All-Star break.

James van Riemsdyk came over from the Flyers in a June trade that reunited defenseman Luke Schenn with younger brother Brayden in Philadelphia. Matthew Lombardi has been shipped to Phoenix.

"Well that's what we're going to find out," captain Dion Phaneuf said when asked if he has a sense of how good the Maple Leafs might be. "We're working towards getting off to a good start.