Brian Burke did something that he was not able to do at the NHL trade deadline and that is to shake up this Leaf club, that had expired under coach Ron Wilson's tenure. The Leafs who went a dreadful 4-9-1 in the month of February and 1-9-1 in their last eleven have fallen from a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference to 12th and closer to a lottery pick come June then to ending our playoff drought.
Burke did not look to any strange place for the next head coach of the Maple Leafs, bringing in former Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. Burke and Carlyle won the Stanley Cup together in 2007, Burke was not looking for an interim coach hiring Carlyle to a three year contract.
The new coach will be demanding of his squad and will have many in Leafland wishing that they had played harder for their former coach, one thing is certain the final games of the season will not only be to see if this team can recapture their game and end our playoff drought but if these players have what it takes to play in the Mecca of hockey. Truculence is back on the agenda.
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