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by Paul on 03/26/12 at 11:15 AM ET
from Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star,
As this city prepares to enter another spring of NHL playoff discontent, we are about to be hit by season-end features and more what-went-wrong analysis during this train wreck of a Leaf campaign. With two weeks and six games left, this was a strange year on and off the ice.
In the eye of the storm sits Leafs GM Brian Burke, who for good or ill is clearly the face of the franchise. Even though he has effectively been put on notice by some vocal fans and columnists, most acknowledge that he’s not going anywhere with two years remaining on his contract. He also benefits from the fact that Rogers and Bell, the new owners set to take possession of their new toy, MLSE, still have much to deal with before they get the keys to the franchise.
Burke’s use and treatment of the media is fascinating: he’s a loquacious and interesting interview one day, a snarling, press-hating attack dog the next. His adversarial style is intended to deflect criticism from his players and coaches, and really, that is what he has been most effective at this year. Of course, it’s also a fault, as in a more stable ownership situation, he would likely be on the firing line.
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