I remember at the start of last year when people were outlining their hopes and expectations for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season. Most weren’t expecting to be a playoff team; instead, they saw a work in progress that would need some time to get to where they are today.
They were fine with that. After all, this was a rebuild of patience, and even better, there was a huge reward for staying at the bottom of the charts that year. A slippery, smooth, creative player in Toronto’s position of weakness; a right-handed defenceman named Timothy Liljegren.
Fast forward nine months. The Leafs didn’t tank for him. Instead, he fell to them. On the clock and with many shocked that this was really going to happen, Mark Hunter stepped up to the podium, uttered “Timoth Linegren” into the microphone, and set a fanbase back into a frenzy.
The best season in a decade and they still might get a Big Four out of it.---
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