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07-06-2013, 01:24 PM
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Ya this is a really interesting period for the Leafs, the revolving door in the Coaching office still twirling a bit what with Howie Meeker etc come & gone, the core of the team that enjoyed so much success through the 60's, from St. Mikes & the Marlies coming of age. Then along comes Staff Sgt Punch Imlach, system play & defence first, boring albeit successful hockey follows. The creative, talented players, Brewer, Mahovlich, Walton & others bridling under the bit. Playing not much fun anymore, a "job" and not one many of them ever really enjoyed as difficult as that is to fathom, being payed to play professionally, the dream however turning into a nightmare. Thing is, the Leafs had the talent, skill & speed to play it wide open against Chicago & Montreal while being responsible defensively. A real shame the Mustangs werent allowed to run free, giving their heads. Instead, Imlach had to break them.

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