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These Maple Leafs will be defined by the moments they failed to live up to

The Toronto Maple Leafs were defined in their 2019-20 campaign by one particular attribute: wilful ignorance. That which extended to all branches of their roster from its glaring flaws in construction to the rot permeating behind closed doors.

Remember, these Leafs began their now-lost season with Mike Babcock behind the bench, a coach whose entire modus operandi clashed obviously with the organization that employed him — both on and off the ice — and whose eventual dismissal appeared inevitable to all who paid even fleeting attention.

That “one foot in, one foot out” mentality was present from the get-go, and became the bedrock upon which another disappointing year in Leaf Land was built.