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Empty lockers, dull days in Toronto

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:06 PM ET

With the Maple Leafs and Raptors down the tubes, they are expecting a few dull days down at Maple Leaf Sports and Empty Lockers.

In other words, Brian Burke hasn't scheduled any press conferences and Bryan Colangelo has.

SEDINS DELIVER

It's time to give a pat on the back to the Sedins, Daniel and Henrik. The Vancouver Canucks twins have been huge underachievers during past playoffs.

But they played all right in Game 1 of the Canucks series against the St. Louis Blues.

Maybe they're finally maturing, I don't know ... but they've always reminded me of a cross between Doogie Howser and the banjo kid from Deliverance.

WILD AND WACKY

Owner Craig Leipold wrote on the Minnesota Wild's website that he couldn't begin to thank Doug Risebrough for all he has done for the organization. So he didn't. Thank him, that is.

In electing not to renew Risebrough's contract as Wild GM, Leipold said: "Risebrough worked tirelessly to build the Wild into one of the premier franchises in the NHL" and that much of the team's success "is directly attributable to Doug's leadership and his legacy will remain evident for years to come."

Yeah, yeah, Craig, what did you really mean to say?

Luckily, The Associated Press said it for him:

Risebrough drew heat "for letting players leave in free agency ... rather than get anything in return through a trade.

"The Wild also has been mediocre in the draft, trading picks and failing to cash in on others in a pattern that has weakened the team's base of young players."

THE DULL DOME

The Rogers Centre, home of the Blue Jays, finished 23rd out of 30 Major League Baseball Stadiums, in a survey conducted by forbes.com.

Here is the breakdown: Intangibles: C+, Fan Participation: C, Accessibility: A-, Affordability: B+, Food: A.

Imagine that, the Rog' Mahal getting a C for "fan participation."

It's an outrage. I have written Forbes to reconsider, enclosing video of participatory Jays fans enjoying the home opener by spilling beer on each other and tossing cups and baseballs on to the field.

BAD MANNERS

What was he thinking?

Boxer David Haye shows up at a news conference wearing a T-shirt with an illustration of him holding the bloody, dismembered heads of the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali.

Wladimir says he will educate Haye about proper behaviour during their IBF and WBO heavyweight title fight on June 20.

"That is terrible. It's unspeakable, it's impudent," Klitschko says.

And that, for a boxer, is excellent vocabulary.


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