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Imagine The Leafs Winning The Stanley Cup

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

...Let’s get serious here, there ain’t no Stanley Cup coming to Toronto this season. Still, it’s telling coming from Versteeg’s perspective that winning a Stanley Cup in Chicago last season, and reviving a great Original Six city in the process, would not compare to what it would mean in this city.

In no way is that a disrespect to Chicago, its great fans, the anthem experience and arguably the loudest rink in the NHL. But it’s a reminder of what the game means here north of the border, and in a city that has had little to cheer about when it comes to the team that matters so darn much to them.

“It’s nuts,” Versteeg said. “I haven’t even been in the city for three weeks yet and people already recognize you and know who you are. It’s pretty crazy. It shows how much they want to win. They come up to you and talk to you about it. It’s almost like every person in Canada is a coach, they know the game so well.

“But it’s true—this is our game, it’s a Canadian game, and they want winners in Canadian cities.”

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Evening Line

“What he’s done, first off, is he’s built a really deep (management) team, with succession. Dave Nonis is a GM all by himself, Dave Poulin is a GM in waiting, Claude Loiselle has been an assistant GM, we’ve got the greybeard and wise man in Cliff Fletcher, really, really a deep, deep team.

“Then he set about changing the culture of the team. I’ve never seen a GM that had a really clear vision of what kind of team he wanted. I’ve worked with seven of them, which might say something about the longevity of GMs at our place, but he’s got this clear, clear vision—goalies, defence, four lines, all that. I’ve never heard it, basketball, soccer, hockey, as clear as him. ...

-Richard Peddie, MLSE President and CEO, on Leafs GM Brian Burke.  More from the CP at TSN.

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Burke Talks Leafs

Make sure to catch Burke’s remark about the Toronto Sun at the 1:40 mark of the video.

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The Bolts Beat, 10/5/10: Predictions Special

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys offer their conference forecasts, predicting teams 15 all the way to 1 for both the West and the East. Cramming details for all 30 teams into an hour show proved to be a formidable task, with those projected as non-playoff clubs getting far lengthier explanations than those the hosts see qualifying for postseason play. Spoiler alert: Obligatory Alex Tanguay cracks included, the Lightning make the playoffs and Jon’s orange-and-blue hallucinations return (sort of).

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Will Technology Help The Leafs?

from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,

Armed with tablet computers on the bench, cameras to capture every back check and odd-man rush, and a mind for software unrivalled in the NHL, Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson has gone high-tech to build a winning hockey team.

Fans who sit behind the team bench at the Air Canada Centre may notice computers wired to mini-work stations at both ends of the players’ bench. They link to streaming devices that capture and redirect statistics, replays and live game action for instant analysis and post-game dissection. The Leafs also have access to video and statistics from around the league.

What we’re doing now is watching every power play and every penalty kill around the league and putting together what we think would be the best power play and what is the best penalty kill for our team,” Wilson said.

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Party Is Over For Burke

from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

Last season, you made noise about making the playoffs, and the Leafs finished dead-last in the Eastern Conference and second last overall in the NHL. So I guess it’s natural that you aren’t making any bold predictions this year.

Instead, Leafs fans should be content in the knowledge that it’s the organization’s “intention” and “goal” to make the playoffs.

So strike up the band and unwrap the cheese.

Personally, I believe Burke has been given a pretty easy ride in these parts since taking over two years ago.

He’s very smart and very intimidating.

But the party is over.

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New Goals For Dion Phaneuf

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Can The Leafs Be A Surprise Team In The East?

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Ron Wilson wants the Maple Leafs to be one those “surprise teams” in the Eastern Conference, such as the Canadiens and Flyers were in shoe-horning into last year’s playoffs.

Yet this club remains a mystery to its own coach with a few days to go before the start of 2010-11 regular season. At least the lineup will be set, with a few more cuts Monday morning to get at or close to 23 men ahead of Thursday’s opener against the Montreal Canadiens.

On paper, the Leafs should be better, but that didn’t always play out in their nine exhibition games, see-sawing their way to a 5-3-1 record.

“There are a lot of teams in the same boat as us,” Wilson said Saturday after a 4-2 win over a low-grade Detroit Red Wings lineup. “In the East it will be interetsing. There are already some teams missing, some important people, for example Montreal with (Andrei) Markov out for awhile. We have to try and find a way of taking advantage of that.

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Enough Suffering In Toronto

from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,

Most years about this time, I find myself developing a soft spot for a team, one I quietly pull for, one typically cast in the underdog mould.

A while back it was beleaguered Buffalo, after the Sabres lost Daniel Briere and Chris Drury. Chicago became attractive as it showed signs of emerging from a black hole. Montreal felt like a Cinderella story waiting to happen in its centennial anniversary season. And the Flyers helped me win a playoff pool, so I owed them some allegiance.

This year? Turns out I’m headed back to my roots as the hometown Maple Leafs are drawing me in.

This isn’t because I think they’re poised for greatness. Rather, it’s time. Gawd, it has to be time, doesn’t it? Time for them to do something, even if it’s just qualifying for the playoffs. Toronto needs it.

The Leafs haven’t participated in the post-season since 2004, haven’t won or appeared in a Stanley Cup final since 1967. That’s not breaking news. It’s just breaking hearts in hockey’s most fervent fan base. The masses have suffered enough.

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Can MLSE Win?

from Michael Grange and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

“This notion MLSE doesn’t want to win is bull,” says Brian Burke, the president and general manager of the Leafs. Burke is 22 months into a six-year, $19.5-million (U.S.) contract, awarded with the expectation that he’ll deliver a Stanley Cup to Toronto as he did with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.

“They gave me complete support and independence and have given me the resources to fix it,” Burke says. “If we can’t turn this thing around, you can blame me. It’s the best-run company I’ve ever worked for. I’m proud to work for MLSE, I’m proud to work for Richard Peddie.”

Fans have no choice but to take Burke’s word for it, but the problems on the ice, floor and field seem to drown out his defiance.

What price losing? Have Greater Toronto Area sports fans finally had enough?

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