Found April 07, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet, Leafs GM Brian Burke, who will address the media in his annual postmortem early next week, has now completed three full seasons on the job and has yet to get this franchise into the playoffs. With new ownership taking over soon, you’d have to think next season could be a make-it-or-break-it year for the veteran NHL executive. For all Burke’s chatter about building from the net out and putting together a nasty team that makes life miserable for the opposition, the Maple Leafs still don’t have a true No. 1 stopper and they are as soft as a marshmallow to play against. They also need a No. 1 centre. The Leafs are in a really strange place now. While they have number of quality prospects in their system and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League are poised to make a long playoff run, Burke doesn’t really have time to start another rebuild. He needs results now. How he will make that happen is anybody’s guess; especially when you consider some ...

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My Brief Time as a Toronto Maple Leafs Goalie

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Howard Berger: Phaneuf Pounding Overzealous

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TFC and Montreal Set for First MLS Derby

The grace period is over for Toronto FC. With their elimination from the Champions League this week, their focus will turn to the MLS regular season, or at least one would hope. Saturday’s game will be history in the making as the two teams are set to renew their rivalry, however, for the first time in MLS play. The Canadian rivals never fail to entertain fans when they meet....

Mike Augello: Hippity Hoppity, The Lottery’s On It’s Way

The 82nd and last game of the regular season for the Maple Leafs was not the precursor to the playoffs that most of their fan base hoped for, it became a final reminder of how far the team has fallen over the last two months and how extensive the task is in front of GM Brian Burke to improve his club and earn a postseason berth in 2012-13. Toronto fell behind at the Bell Centre...

Mike Augello: Thank You, Mr. Frost; Leafs Vs Canadiens

Tonight's season finale at the Bell Centre against Montréal is the capper to one of the most tumultuous seasons in recent memory for the Toronto Maple Leafs. A season that saw the Blue-and-White bolt out of the starting gate and lead the NHL in points for the first month, that saw forwards Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul at the top of the league’s scoring for the first...

Ken Beckett: Maple Leafs Game Day - Game 82: Leafs vs. Canadiens

Following a long season which will culminate with no playoff hockey for both franchises, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens face off one last time to close out the 2011-12 campaign. This is the sixth and final meeting between the original six rivals. The Leafs lead the way in the season series, taking three of five from the Habs. Their most recent victory was a 3-1...

Maple Leafs-Canadiens Preview

While the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens don't have anything to play for, the Northeast Division rivals seem unlikely to go down without a fight as they close their schedules Saturday night. Montreal (30-35-16) has allowed a combined 13 goals in dropping three straight home matchups with Toronto (35-36-10). The Leafs have taken three of five in the series...
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