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