So the big news from yesterday was the end of the year presser given by Brian Burke on the state of the Maple Leafs. Most of the articles linked today cover it. Here's Mirtle's take on it:
"I was in the playoffs seven straight years before I got here," Burke said. "This has been a long, slow tortuous process for me. I don’t like it. I don’t like being out of the playoffs and I take it personally. I’m sour about it."
Burke’s been through rebuilds before, but in both Vancouver and Anaheim, the turnaround came quicker than this.
Three years is a new frontier. If it becomes four 12 months from now, Burke may be more than sour, as the good vibrations resonating after the Leafs’ strong second half will be long forgotten.
Burke knows that – and he knows he has a lot of work in front of him.
"When you miss the playoffs, your season is a failure," he said. "And that’s the case here."
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More links and a movie related poll after the jump.
Jonas Siegel with a breakdown of the Brian Burke presser.
The Muppet just loves the Ian Mendez rebuilding article.
Delayed Offside with a look back at some of the Leafs.
Could there be a win and you're in thing going here.
Chemmy breaks down the Leafs' record against each division. Fucking Southeast.
It was almost the best night of VLM's life.
None of that rough stuff ok guys?
The bodog odds for Cup winners.
Dany Heatley Speedwagon examines the coming Toronto Sports Radio Apocalypse