Crumbling Leafs: Perpetual Failure at the Center of the Hockey Universe

Part I: Respecting Your Elders Riding the wake of the latest NHL lockout, Canada’s favourite water cooler punch line, the Toronto Maple Leafs, have slinked into yet another closely-scrutinized campaign.  Shortly after news broke about the conclusion of the agonizing lockout, the Maple Leafs stole headlines by firing their cantankerous GM Brian Burke, a mere 10 days before the opening night puck drop.  It wasn’t the fact that Burke was let go that shocked the hockey world......
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NHL Lockout: Who is the Real Villain?

Depending on who you are and how you look at it, the 2012 NHL Lockout is chalk full of storylines, complete with villains, victims and seemingly no real end in sight.  The one thing that every great story has, that this drawn-out saga is missing, is a bona fide hero and a happy ending.  Before a true hero can emerge, we need to figure out who the real villain is in all of this pandemonium. Is it Gary Bettman, who for years has been the target of public ire and the face of debilitatin.....
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