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It's pretty difficult to find any positives to lead the daily links column with this morning.

Captain Dion Phaneuf is out; Brian Burke is mad at the fans who dare boo said captain; the team has scored a measly nine goals during the 1-5-1 streak in their last seven games and tonight (7 p.m. TSN) they play a Washington team that seems to have found its swagger. Let the good times roll.

Globe columnist Roy MacGregor is in Washington for the tilt. We'll see if we can get him to stop by at some point. We've also got plans to post a podcast in this space this afternoon.

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Until then, the links:

Still clinging to hope the Leafs can turn this thing around? Mirtle's got the cure for that with today's piece.

Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox says the salary cap makes losing a star player that much more difficult.

The Star's Kevin McGran says the Leafs are officially in trouble.

Toronto Sun reporter Rob Longley's notes from the game.

Sun columnist Steve Buffery takes Brian Burke to task after the GM called fans booing Phaneuf 'a disgrace'

Pension Plan Puppets focus on the costly mental mistakes the Leafs made last night.

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Michael Langlois over at Vintage Leaf Memories ponders which defeceman will step up with Phanuef out of the lineup. Maybe it's time to call up Jeff Finger?

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