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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:

Burke Admit's Leafs Season Another Failue - James Mirtle at the Globe and Mail

"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.

The Canucks, now the first-place darlings of the NHL, were back in the postseason after two years out under Burke. The Ducks, who won a Stanley Cup in his second season, never missed.

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.

Leafs Links

Burke Laments "Slow, Tortuous Process"

Jonas Siegel with a breakdown of the Brian Burke presser.

Congratulations Ottawa!

The Muppet just loves the Ian Mendez rebuilding article.

Final Thoughts on Some Players

Delayed Offside with a look back at some of the Leafs.

Burke In No Rush to Decide Ron Wilson's Fate

Could there be a win and you're in thing going here.

Leafs Division Records

Chemmy breaks down the Leafs' record against each division. Fucking Southeast.

When the Habs Missed the Playoffs in 1970

It was almost the best night of VLM's life.

Other Links

NHL Hockey Ops Issue Warning to Playoff Teams

None of that rough stuff ok guys?

What Are the Odds?

The bodog odds for Cup winners.

New World Radio Order

Dany Heatley Speedwagon examines the coming Toronto Sports Radio Apocalypse