Randy Carlyle's Leafs are surprising many in 2013. (Reuters)
Pat Burns was standing in the parking lot of what was then Centennial Arena in North York, talking about his Maple Leafs team, when someone threw down the challenge of his brand new job.
“You can’t win with this team,” Burns was told rather blatantly.
“That’s what everybody’s telling me,” said the coach.
“Then what do you do?” someone else asked.
“It’s my job to find a way,” he said.
That was 20 years ago, although it seems like yesterday. Pat Burns has left us. Hockey has changed exponentially in that time. The Maple Leafs have been great and terrible and unpredictable over those two decades, and often in the same night.