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Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke (R) looks on as newly-appointed Head Coach Randy Carlyle speaks to the media during a news conference in Montreal, March 3, 2012. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)
Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke (R) looks on as newly-appointed Head Coach Randy Carlyle speaks to the media during a news conference in Montreal, March 3, 2012. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

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Why Leafs' boss Brian Burke can't have it both ways Add to ...

Brian Burke needs to stop talking about the media. There were reasons to name Randy Carlyle head coach over Dallas Eakins without trotting out the piranhas and sharks line, a suggestion that Toronto Marlies head coach Eakins was not up to the daily push and pull of the local media – which is a large pack but nowhere near as nasty as it could or should be.

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Honestly: until the Toronto media starts snooping into who Leafs players are sleeping with, who they’re hanging around with and doing business with and what they do on the road, Burke has nothing to complain about.

The Lakers, Celtics, anybody in Philadelphia or New York or any iconic European soccer team of significance gets at least a 1,000 times more scrutiny than the local flannel.

Burke can’t have it both ways; he can’t say the media is hurting his team – the trade deadline is “murder?” Please! – and then tell us he’s brought in players who aren’t susceptible to media pressure. The only person I see overly-sensitive to the Toronto media is Burke himself. Guess they don’t teach that in Hartford, Anaheim or Vancouver.



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