Okay, I’m a Canadian, so I should know this instinctively.
We’ve all heard numerous times this year from the Leaf’s management that they are “built for the playoffs” so the fact that they’re barely making the playoffs isn’t anything to be concerned about.
What, exactly, does it mean to be “built for the playoffs”? I don’t want this to turn into a question of whether the Leafs are “built for the playoffs” or not, but rather the criteria that goes into being “built for the playoffs” rather than, presumably, built to win in the regular season.
I’m sure there have been teams that have underacheived in the regular season and gone deep into the playoffs, but to hear the Leafs talk, it almost seems that they purposely put together a team that would NOT do well in the regular season, but then turn it around in April. But frankly, I don’t get how that could possible be done.