As a kid born in Winnipeg I would have been perfectly happy to be treated to a first round between the Jets and Leafs. I would have had the opportunity to trash talk my relatives, I could gingerly walk the line between 80s Jets nostalgia, and my love of the Leafs. It could have been fun. That said, the matchup we are receiving is a whole lot better.
In my lifetime (I’m not young, and by internet standards I’m a damned dinosaur) there has never been a Leafs vs. Habs playoff series. Of course we should have had one in 1993, but Kerry Fraser is incapable of seeing a blatant high stick directly in front of him, and the world had to suffer through a Kings vs. Canadiens Stanley Cup Final instead of the Leafs-Habs series the world demanded (or probably just Canada, I’ll assume the rest of the hockey world was perfectly content to get more Gretzky). Anyway, that’s the closest we’ve come in 42 years. Despite the Leafs being in the same division as Montreal, the stars just haven’t aligned and either the two teams were incapable of being good at the same time …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation