Which of the five best Canadian hockey teams are the Maple Leafs? The Globe and Mail
The Toronto Maple Leafs are a great team.
Their roster is strong, they’ve had an excellent coach and GM and the fans are passionate.
They’re also a little pricey.
But when it comes to the best teams in the NHL, the Leafs have no competition.
Here’s our list of five best teams from the Maple Leaf era, in no particular order.1.
1993-94: The 1993-1994 season saw the Leafs’ first Stanley Cup victory, the only time they had won a championship.
They won their first playoff series in a decade, and they defeated the Ottawa Senators in seven games in the final game of the regular season.
But the Leafs went on to lose their first two games of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Kings, then lost to the Vancouver Canucks in six games.
They lost to Boston in six and lost to Toronto in six, and lost in the second round of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Chicago Blackhawks.
It was a tough season for the Leafs, as the team’s financial situation deteriorated.
The Leafs were dealt to the Toronto Maple Leaf Association for $1.5 million in 1991.
The Maple Leafs went into the 1993-54 season with a surplus of $5.7 million.
The team lost two of their final five games of that season, including Game 5 of the conference finals against the Los Angeles Kings.
The following year, the Maple League and the NHL were merged to create the NHL.
The Toronto Blue Jays won the Canadian League title in 1994.2.
1994-95: The 1994-1995 season saw a massive salary cap increase.
The NHL was introduced in the spring of 1995, and the salary cap was increased from $3.1 million to $4.9 million.
However, the salary caps were also increased for the AHL and the WHL.
The salary cap in Canada rose to $8 million, which was not enough to keep the Maple Leashers competitive.
The organization was able to keep some players, but it also had to sell off many assets, including the team.
They ended up losing $17 million in the first four seasons of their existence, which included the 1995-96 season, which marked the first time they finished a season below .500.
The 1995-1996 season saw another salary cap bump.
The cap jumped to $7.2 million, the highest it had been since 1993-92.
However the Maple Jays lost their top player, Michael Leighton, who was acquired from the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Scott Reid.
The Blue Jays also lost captain Wayne Gretzky, who left to join the Anaheim Ducks.3.
1996-97: The Maple Leaf organization was in a difficult financial situation.
They had just spent $7 million on a new arena in downtown Toronto.
The franchise was in financial distress, and it had to make tough decisions to stay in business.
In the summer of 1996, they traded veteran forward Mark Messier to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman and future Hall of Famer Steve Burtch.
Messier and Burtich were the last of the Messier-Burtch trio, as Burtche had a contract with the Maple leafs until the end of the season.
Messiers salary was $5 million per season.
The next season, the team signed Messier.
Burtches contract included a $1 million signing bonus.
He played for the Mapleleas for five seasons, finishing with the franchise’s record-tying 29 goals and 65 assists.4.
1997-98: The team had a disappointing season.
They finished with a record of 29-54-12, which tied for the worst record in the league, and finished fifth in the Metropolitan Division.
They also finished fourth in the League with a 41-37-15 record.
This season marked the end for Messier, as he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Jeff Carter.
The Flyers had lost to Philadelphia in seven of their last eight games.5.
1998-99: The Leafs’ season ended in 1998-1999.
They were the lowest-scoring team in the Eastern Conference and missed the playoffs for the first consecutive season.
Their top players were traded and the team was unable to field a full team for the 1997-1998 season.
However they did have some help in their quest to reach the playoffs.
The league added the Pacific Division, which became known as the Pacific Hockey Association.
The Pacific division has become the most competitive in the National Hockey League.
The Vancouver Canucks were in the division that year, and won the Stanley Cups with the Los Angels and the Anaheim Hurricanes.6.
1999-00: The NHL changed the salary scale for players in 1997-1999, and players began to earn higher salaries, increasing the salary for the top players to $5,000,000.
In 2001-02, the top dollar in the game became $7,500,000 per year.
In 2002-03, the NHL reduced the