Forget that nasty little Stanley Cup drought (you know, that 46-year-old elephant in the room?)—it’s ancient news. The Leafs need to master the baby steps first, and with the NHL returning to action on Saturday, we’re reminded that they’re the only team (out of 30) that hasn’t made the playoffs at least once since the previous league lockout in 2004–2005. Yes, optimism reigns, but don’t pull your finger too far away from the panic button; their seven-season string of non-qualifying is the longest in team history. A lot has happened—both on and off the ice—since they last hit the post-season. Here’s the breakdown.
Source is from my favourite weekly mag: http://www.thegridto...layoff-drought/