The Dismayed Fans' Handbook to Why the Leafs Stink and How They Can Rise AgainBook - 2009
The Toronto Maple Leafs are an exception to every law of the sporting jungle. They miss the playoffs and the sellouts keep coming. They haven't won a Stanley Cup since 1967, but the earning power of that blue-and-white maple leaf, no matter the chronic woes of the blue-and-white's power play, never ceases to increase. In this description of failure and prescription for hope, Toronto Star sports columnist Dave Feschuk and Globe and Mail sports reporter Michael Grange draw the illogical roadmap that pinpoints how the once-proud Leafs got lost in the sporting hinterlands, who's to blame for stranding them there, and how they might extract themselves from this historic mire.
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Excerpt from the Toronto Star:
For all the public outcry, there were problems behind the scenes that didn't get much attention. One was the short tenure of Craig Button, who'd been a candidate for general manager's job before John Ferguson Jr. was hired and who was eventually hired by Ferguson as the team's director of player personnel.
Button knew something of Ferguson's situation. In 2000, at age 37, he'd been named the general manager of the Calgary Flames, where he spent most of three seasons presiding over a decline in the club's fortunes. The Flames never made the playoffs on his watch, and he was roundly criticized for leaving the roster in a shambles.
Excerpted from Leafs AbomiNation: The Dismayed Fan's Handbook to Why the Leafs Stink and How They Can Rise Again. Copyright 2009 by Dave Feschuk and Michael Grange. Published by Random House Canada. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
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