Toronto Maple Leafs’ Post-67 Woes Indicative Of Strategic NHL-Wide Issues

November 29th, 2010 by Graeme Boyce Leave a reply »
There are several things that provoke an interesting debate among fans of the Leafs, and first among them would involve being a fly on the wall when Brian Burke was interviewed for his current gig by Richard Peddie and any other MLSE brass implicit in his hiring. 

The other debatable issues, based on ludicrous failure rates, include drafting teenagers and signing multi-year mega contracts.

Certainly these latter two issues are being keenly debated in at least a dozen other NHL cities today, as they impact not only the viability of the league but also its credibility.  Now, back to the fly.

Peddie: "What will you do?"

Burke: "Out with the bad air, in with the good."

Peddie: "How long will that take?

Burke: "Two years.  Okay, maybe three"

The Toronto Maple Leafs should have beaten both Buffalo and Ottawa this past weekend.  But they could not, and by now there are likely dozens of articles and posts offering a synopsis and evaluation of their on-ice work. 

These two defeats in particular had me reflecting on the results of two years of Brian Burke at ...

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