Can't Take the Devil out of Lou Lamoriello
Not that long ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs' long-suffering faithfull were giddy with joy.
Their team's patented incompetence -- not even Mike Babcock can turn the Good Ship Leafness on a dime -- had secured the top overall draft choice, and this was another outstanding year to have it.
American phenom Auston Matthews was there for the taking.
And, to their credit, the Leafs didn't blow it.
At that point, what could go wrong?
Until yesterday, Leafs Nation was starting to wonder about an episode of déja vu.
That was where he would not offer contracts with performance bonuses.
Apparently, the revelation hit him yesterday.
What happened? Was it due to visions of Jimmy Vesey or Cindy Lou Who?
As in when he realized Matthews wasn't going to cave.
Thus, a totally unnecessary self-created crisis that could only have come from Maple Leaf annals was averted. For once.