August 30 2012 12:01PM
Guys, Brian Burke isn't perfect. Well, he's far from it. In fact, he's been pretty mediocre during his tenure in Toronto and he'd be the first to tell you that. But I think the moves he's made this summer—trading for James van Riemsdyk, signing Jay McClement, getting rid of Luke Schenn and Colby Armstrong—are signs of progress and that he's at least recognizing deficiencies.
Anyway, here are some helpful tips for Brian Burke from ESPN.com writers Tim Boughton, Paul Grant and David Walter. They are really quite something. Here are a few of my favourites:
August 30 2012 10:09AM
What the hell is Brylin doing in a shootout?
This post will focus solely on the Essential Game, as it turns out I had alot to say on the matter. It's really two games, and you should know that it's very depressing. But nothing better demonstrates what Leafs fans have gone through the past 7 years than these two games in April of 2007.
August 30 2012 08:20AM
via DGB, who now has a book out
I'm from a time and a place where not too many people know Nikolai Borschevsky, a 5'9" forward from the USSR who played for the Leafs in the mid-1990s. I learned about him from that picture above, familiar to us as the avatar of friend of the Leafs Nation @67sound.
Borschevsky is best known for this goal:
August 29 2012 01:52PM
Gustavsson on Expressen: "In TO you're either praised or sunk. Masses follow the media even if they're not entirely sure what is going on."— Matias Strozyk (@MaStrozyk) August 29, 2012
Jonas Gustavsson had a rough time in Toronto.
August 29 2012 10:57AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs scored 70 goals in the first period of games in 2011-12 followed by 71 in the second. They scored 81 in the third period. The Leafs number 81 accounted for 14 of those goals, five in the final five minutes with one accounted for in an empty net.
The balance was off with 11 3rd period goals at home and three on the road.