'We're not going to win the Stanley Cup'
“It was an exhibition game – it didn't bother me at all. What bothers me is being asked asinine questions while you're trying to give young players a chance.
“We're not going to win the Stanley Cup this year. There's a news flash for you.”
I've lived in this city for more than five years now, but I think this season offers the most interesting version of the Maple Leafs over that time frame (for an unbiased observer, anyway). They've stripped away so much of the old core that it's difficult to know what exactly this team will look like on the ice, and just how far it may sink in the standings.
I'm of the belief that, no matter how bad you get, there's still a lot of parity in this league — and especially in the Eastern Conference. Toronto will definitely struggle to score goals this season, but they're not alone in that, and I don't think it's ludicrous to think they could steal some games and hang around longer in the race for eighth than many believe.
That said, Wilson and GM Cliff Fletcher are setting the bar pretty low here. I wonder if, at some point, that has an effect on the interest level in a seemingly bulletproof hockey market.