Kings add to Leaf Cup misery

- June 12th, 2012

Brian Burke does not think the present 45-year Cup drought of the Maple Leafs should be hung like a millstone on the present team.
Fair enough, though we’d like to think those “1940” chants on Long Island eventually lit a fire under the New York Rangers. And the Chicago Blackhawks were sick of being reminded they had the longest Cup drought before passing that hex to the Leafs.
A bunch of players born in the 1980s and a few in the ‘90s, don’t need a history lesson drilled in them every night they play, but the day after another new champion is crowned, it’s worth pointing out how the Leafs have been lapped.
The L.A. Kings become the 17th team to win the Cup since the Leafs in ‘67 and the 12th to start from scratch. That field includes four of the six expansion teams after ‘67, L.A., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Minnesota (via Dallas). The eight others are the Islanders, Oilers, Flames, Devils, Avalanche, Ducks, Lightning and Hurricanes. Then add the other five Original Six clubs, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Boston and Montreal.
And as the Leafs haven’t made the final since ‘67, it bears noting the Blues, Canucks, Panthers, Sabres, Capitals and Senators were at least in the building when the Cup was presented.
Should all this be a taboo topic in Toronto? Or better yet, a motivator for players and management.

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6 comments

  1. Ralph Smith says:

    Ya like the Leafs confidence isn’t low enough now without getting heckled every night & getting all this negative shite from the so called reporters. Make a stand in the stands by not showing up at the games and showing your displeasure there instead of booing the teams. That goes for the season ticket holders. Find another place to spend your money & leave the seats for the real Leaf fans that want to cheer the team instead of sitting in the stands in your suits, playing with your blackberries and whatever tiny objects you have in your front pockets.

  2. Bob Grimes says:

    I’m 62 years old! The Toronto Maple Leafs should be totally ashamed of themselves! When I travel, I find myself totally ashamed to admit I’m a Hockey fan from Toronto???

  3. J Lock says:

    Im a hockey fan. Brian Burke is so full of B.S , it makes me sick looking at him, listening to him and thinking how this blowhard bully actually still has a job. Check back people over Quinns / JFJ’s time here and compare the results. Egotistical, arrogant and full of nothing but hot air……that is your Brian Burke.

  4. ricoshea says:

    the leafs will win the cup next year.

  5. jazzyjohn says:

    And Burke is still fiddling while the city burns. Good goaltenders are being signed and Burke does nothing.

    The truth is that Burke does not know the key to a good hockey team which Conn Smythe articulated maybe 70 years ago – strength down the middle. This Leaf team would be much improved with the acquistion of a solid (not a superstar) center and a solid (again not a superstar) goaltender. Wouldn’t bring them the Stanley Cup, but it would make a much better team. But Burke thinks Grabo, Connolly and Bozak are good enough , ditto Reimer and Scrivens(?) Brian doesn’t have much of a clue, I’m afraid.

    And there really is no pressure to build a winner here because the suckers (sorry, I mean fans) still pack the building every night for a 25th place team at grossly inflated ticket prices.

  6. john says:

    We’re even further behind the eight ball than we were last year and Brian Burke stands pat and does nothing but makes up silly self imposed rules and says stupid things that make the Toronto hockey club look stupid and make the fans angry.
    Every time he opens his mouth he says something stupid and every time he makes a trade he gambles recklessly and takes high risk chances going for the hail mary touchdown. About ten percent of the time he does well because he usually goes after very talented players coming off high risk injuries and/or morale issues that change of scenery may help but much more than right he is wrong and brings frail injured riddled players and moral problems from other teams and players that other teams just don’t want and are happy to dump on him and those lazy floaters are our Toronto Maple Leafs a team that certainly does not have size,grit,toughness and truculence that he so often talks about. What a sad bunch they were last year and how different will they be this year?

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