Takin’ a T/O with BT: Brian Burke’s Remodeling of the Blue and White Blueprint

May 11th, 2010 by Bryan Thiel Leave a reply »

In September 2007 there wasn’t a lot happening of note—unless you’re a fan of OJ Simpson.

Fans of the NHL were frantically following their team as they geared up for the regular season, some tryouts were going successfully for seasoned veterans and untested, unsigned rookies, while others were going about as well as Three’s a Crowd .

Leafs fans were hoping that the streak of penniless playoff seasons would stop at two, before a record for futility was set. After all, the last time the team missed the playoffs three straight years, they underwent an identity crisis after year two, and dropped the moniker (and color) of the St. Patrick in favor of the Blue and White.

It was also the release month of a book that captured the history of the Maple Leafs within its pages, as Maple Leaf 100: Toronto’s Greatest Players of All Time was released by Mike Leonetti.

While trying to capture the history of an organization that’s older than Betty White (and sometimes, just as comical) is a difficult task, alon ...

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