No. 119: Toronto Maple Leafs

2013 Ultimate Standings

Updated: September 26, 2013, 12:36 PM ET
By Rachel Ullrich | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 122
Title track: (T) 110
Ownership: 84
Coaching: (T) 50
Players: 90
Fan relations: 103
Affordability: 122
Stadium experience: 105
Bang for the buck: 122

When you're named the worst team in sports, there's nowhere to go but up. So three spots in the right direction this year is a start for the Maple Leafs, who hadn't ranked below 120 since 2008. And thanks to their first playoff run since 2004, they made significant jumps in our on-ice categories: Ownership, coaching and players all climbed out of the triple-digit basement. Now, despite a heartbreaking playoff loss (that now-infamous three-goal blown lead in Game 7 against Boston, which came back to win in overtime), Toronto has to prove that its 2012-13 success wasn't just a lockout fluke.

The team also still has work to do to climb in our standings: The Air Canada Centre remains among the worst venues in the NHL, and its tickets are the most expensive in major league sports (how's that for contradiction?). Based on fan votes, Toronto ranked worst in the league in affordable ticket prices, parking and concessions, as well as promotions and giveaways and social media. The final category in which Toronto still ranks dead last in the NHL? Title track, where most fans said the club has not -- and will not -- win a championship during their fandom. Ouch.

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