Leafs victims of own popularity

The popularity of the Maple Leafs has television networks doing all they can to get the Blue and...

The popularity of the Maple Leafs has television networks doing all they can to get the Blue and White on TV, which helped result in the Leafs playing road games on consecutive nights to open the season. (DAVE THOMAS/Toronto Sun files)

Rob Longley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:41 AM ET

Randy Carlyle knows there will be no sympathy coming from the NHL head office, from any of his opponents and for those who love to laugh at the Leafs just on principle.

But in ways far beyond the control of the coach, management and the players, sometimes it sucks to be the Maple Leafs.

As Carlyle and his team embark on a challenging start to a challenging assignment -- earning a repeat playoff berth in a tougher, realigned division -- the opening week couldn't offer a more stern assignment.


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