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The Toronto Maple Leafs: A Half-Century of Failure

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Well worth a view:



A complete history of the Leafs stingy ownership under Ballard, and all the terrible trades this franchise has made over the decades.


When you add it all up, it's truly amazing the Leafs are hockey's richest franchise. Given that the salary cap came in starting in 2005 and Harold Ballard ran the team up until about 1990, the Leafs got to enjoy a period of about ~15 years where they actually used their tremendous wealth to buy star players. Overall however, that simply isn't the case. Under Ballard, the Leafs acted like an impoverished organization that never spent money on anything. Today, the cap prevents the Leafs from going out and adding salary to put the existing roster over the top.


Not surprisingly, the period of time from 1990 to 2005 marked the greatest and most successful Leafs years since the championship years of the 1960's.  




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