With a 4-2 loss to the Bruins in Boston Thursday night, the team mathematically sealed its unhappy fate for the third consecutive year.
Toronto's second-favorite spectator sport - Leaf post mortems, recriminations and off-season dramas - may now accordingly begin.
Who should stay and who should go?
Will Brian Burke be the Leafs' new general manager when the puck is dropped for next season's opening faceoff?
Will Matts Sundin return?
Will anyone in Toronto still care?
(Perplexingly, to the last question, at least.)
So, now that the game is over, let the real games begin...
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto