Sept. 18, 2009 was the day the Brian Burke rebuild of the Toronto Maple Leafs came to an end.á It was the same day he dealt two first round picks, this yearÆs and 2011Æs, along with this yearÆs second round pick, to the Boston Bruins for sniper Phil Kessel.á And, if the Leafs donÆt start winning soon, it will also be a day Leaf fans live to rue. Less than 10 months into his tenure, Burke succumbed to temptation to win now and the serious rebuilding the Toronto Maple Leafs need and the fans deserve came to an end.á The era of ôretoolingö had begun. It was an easy rationalization at first, and Leaf Nation got caught up in the exuberance of landing a 22-year-old proven NHL sniper like Phil Kessel so they just went along with it.á A bird in hand is better than two in the bush, as the ...
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