Archive for April, 2012

Brian Burke Press Conference: Where Will Burke Turn From Here?

April 10th, 2012 6 Comments

After the Toronto Maple Leafs published an open apology in numerous local newspapers for missing the playoffs for the seventh straight season and falling well short of expectations it was Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke’s turn to face the music when he held a press conference Tuesday morning. Much like the letter posted in the newspapers, Burke apologized to the fans for putting a sub-par product on the ice. Burke praised the Toronto fans for being the best in all of sports and acknowledged that they (the organization) “needs to deliver more” and that the fans loyalty needs to be rewarded. Burke’s words are hardly news to fans of the Blue and White. Toronto fans have stood by their club through thick and thin, and when you consider this team is now the only team in the NHL

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Making The Grade: How Did The Toronto Maple Leafs Players Do This Season?

April 7th, 2012 6 Comments

With the Toronto Maple Leafs set to wrap up the 2011-12 season tonight against the Montreal Canadiens a few things are certain— there will be no playoffs, and the Maple Leafs have a decent shot at a lottery pick, albeit far from certain. Rather than run down all the possibilities that could effect where the Maple Leafs will pick come July’s NHL Entry Draft, let’s just say that the best news the Leafs Nation could get tonight would be that their beloved Blue and White lost to the Canadiens, who have clinched the third overall pick, giving the Habs a solid shot at the number one pick. Prior to the 2011-12 season many pundits had Toronto in the playoffs, while others felt they would be right in the thick of things, finishing anywhere from seventh to tenth in the Eastern

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Where Does Brian Burke Go From Here?

April 3rd, 2012 19 Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke joined the organization back on November 29th, 2008 he was exactly what Toronto needed—a hard nosed, media savvy, experienced general manager with a Stanley Cup ring and a reputation for building winning teams. Burke’s tenure with the Maple Leafs has been a roller coaster ride thus far. For every success story Burke has built in Toronto one could argue there have been an equal amount of missteps. The acquisition of Phil Kessel still sticks out as Burke’s biggest move, with hockey fans split on whether the move was worth the three draft choices (including two first rounders) Burke gave up to the Boston Bruins. If the acquisition of Kessel was Burke’s biggest move, acquiring Dion Phaneuf would have to be Burke’s second biggest move, but when you factor in the fact that

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