Credit for Leafs' success go to players, not Brian Burke

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:34 AM ET

A playoff spot is so close the Maple Leafs can reach out with their sticks and touch it.

Not since Mats Sundin was captain, Darcy Tucker was bothering the hell out of opponents and an intense individual with eagles painted on his mask have the Leafs participated in the Stanley Cup tournament.

Since the day early in May 2004 that Ed Belfour was beaten by a Jeremy Roenick rocket, the Leafs have tried every which way to get back to Cup contention, though it might not always have appeared that way.

The Leafs, as they stand today, have the markings of several former general managers, including John Ferguson, Cliff Fletcher, and most recently, Brian Burke.

But as much as there is a tendency to note which GM acquired which players and therefore are the architects of the success, there is more to it.


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