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03-20-2013, 04:37 PM
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Ya, I agree 110%. The Leafs of 93/94 & the Quinn era, 99/02 & then in 04. Much more balanced teams than the 70's Leafs. You'd watch Sittler & Co and you just knew they didnt have what it took as a "team" to take it to the next level, and in all fairness, due respect to a all of those players, many beyond excellent, even with some re-tooling & tweaking it might not have mattered because as surely as the Sun comes up, you just gotta know Harold would pull something. Just couldnt help himself, keep his mouth shut, demoralising players, the dressing room. "That Hammarstrom, only player Ive ever seen who could go into the corners with an egg carton shoved down his pants without breaking a single shell" (or words that affect). No one was every going to reach their potential under that guy, and no one was ever going to steal the limelight or be a bigger star with the Leafs than Harold E. Ballard.

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