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Originally Posted by DaveT83 View Post
He protected Wilson/Phaneuf/Kessel/Himself

Everyone - and I mean EVERYONE else were blamed for the failures he created.

I vaguely remember a public apology being issued to the fans - that Burke adamantly dismissed.
http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/...nge-his-focus/

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The team bought space in Toronto newspapers on Tuesday to publish an open letter to its fans from the highest seat in the organizational flow chart. Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, wrote that the organization was “sorry” for the team’s play, but added: “Ownership believes in the plan for the Maple Leafs.”

“We’re all fans, and everyone’s sympathizing with the fans,” said Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president and chief operating officer at MLSE. “We didn’t meet those expectations, and that’s just not right, you know?”

He was asked about ownership’s commitment to winning, despite the team’s obvious profitability even without a playoff appearance.

“Sports is a business, but it’s a business based on emotion and passion and caring,” Anselmi said. “I mean, these fans, they care. They give a sh–. They’re paying after tax dollars. You owe them a great product. And when it’s not good enough, it’s not good enough.

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http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/14...cording-forbes

The New York Rangers are the most valuable NHL franchise at $1.2 billion, taking the top spot on the Forbes list for the first time since 2004.

The magazine said Tuesday that Montreal is second at $1.18 billion, followed by Toronto at $1.15 billion.
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