For Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brain Burke, Reality Bites!

February 1st, 2011 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
In a recent poll conducted by the NHLPA and Hockey Night in Canada, the Toronto Maple Leafs took a licking and Maple Leafs’ General Manager Brain Burke is not too happy about it.

When 318 NHL players were asked which coach they’d least like to play for Toronto Maple Leafs, bench boss Ron Wilson emerged as the victor. When asked where they least like to play, Toronto ranked fourth.

It has been reported that both responses caused Burke to throw a temper tantrum for the ages. While I admire Burke’s passion, the reality is, the players are likely bang on.

Wilson has long been the discussion of numerous player feuds and his “calling out” of players is well documented in San Jose and here in Toronto. While Wilson’s coaching abilities are up for discussion, it’s tough to make friends when your roster is walking on pins and needles waiting for their coach to spew his venom to the media.

Toronto is one of the most passionate hockey markets on the planet. It has been said that Maple Leafs fans are loyal to a fault and when you consider the teams’ record since the team last won the Stanley Cup in 1 ...

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