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Happy anniversary to Brian Burke, who was hired as the president and general manager Toronto Maple Leafs four years ago today.
In the past, this date would be an excuse to look back upon all the mistakes that Burke has made in his tenure. But the NHL lockout has postponed the pitchforks and torches.
Had the season not been disrupted by a labour dispute, chances are the picture would not be rosy.
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After arriving at another dead end in negotiations on Thursday, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association emerged from two days of mediation with a new direction to consider.
Commissioner Gary Bettman proposed that the leadership from both sides step aside for the next bargaining session, leaving a group of owners and players to try and break the stalemate…
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