Who can tell me the significance of the following three numbers: 4-9-2? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Didn't think so. Answer: Four wins, nine losses, two ties. I would not know the exact set of numbers myself had I not looked it up, so you certainly are not alone. But, 4-9-2 is the lovely record the 2002-03 edition of the Leafs sported after the first fifteen games. You might remember this team as the ugly redheaded stepbrother of the Leafs team the year before that came just two wins from a Stanley Cup Final, and you're right. Coming off a sensational playoff run, the team lost its franchise goaltender, Curtis Joseph, to the Detroit Red Wings. Taking his place would be Ed Belfour, the veteran who was coming off a poor season (for him; I don't mean Toskala poor or anything) in Dallas ...
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