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Why The Leafs Suck And How They Can Be Fixed [Paperback]

A Strachan
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Sept. 21 2009

Every year since 1968, Leafs fans have hoped the new season will be the one to break the Stanley Cup drought. Sadly, those hopes are usually dashed mid-season. In the biggest hockey market in North America, with such a huge and loyal fan base, how has the team missed it for so long?

Al Strachan has been covering the NHL for decades and has the behind-thescenes access to know what’s gone wrong and why. spanning 40 years of fascinating Leafs personalities and stories, Al discusses

• how the downfall started and Harold Ballard perpetuated it
• why fans were ill-served in the battle for club ownership after Ballard’s death
• the first and second Cliff Fletcher years
• the ineptitude of Ken Dryden, Mike Smith and Pat Quinn
• how other teams, such as Detroit, have had success and how Leafs management can thrive in the salary-cap era
• why Brian Burke may not be the saviour Leafs fans are hoping for and—most important—what can be done to make the Leafs suck less

For fans who love the Leafs (and those who love to hate them), Why the Leafs Suck is a revealing and sometimes shocking inside look at professional hockey.


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About the Author

AL STRACHAN is the author of I’m Not Making This Up and Go to the Net, and the co-author of Don Cherry’s Hockey Stories and Stuff. He has appeared regularly on Hockey Night in Canada, Sirius Radio and FoxSports.com, and he has been writing about the NHL for more than thirty-five years.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great xmas present Nov. 12 2010
By bw
Format:Paperback
I knew I would enjoy this & I wasn't disappointed. The writing is funny, sharp, informed & insightful. If you're sick of seeing the Leafs on tv every week, even though they're in 29th place, this is the book for you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Why the Book Sucks March 15 2011
Format:Paperback
It's impossible to believe that Al Strachan, the author of this silly waste of paper, actually took a course in journalism and passed it. There's no insight, creativity or anything beyond a grade three level of writing here. Strachan has for decades been so anti-management in his pronouncements, in print and on TV and radio that his opinions are invariably predictable and ridiculously slanted. His credibility suffers badly. Once he puts a manager, coach or owner in his sights, he tells us that there is nothing whatsover good about them; they're rotten to the core, totally inept, in their professional and personal lives. They receive credit for nothing at all. The players are never at fault, completely blameless for anything wrong with the team. This is a juvenile, hastily prepared book by an overgrown kid with distemper. Unless you find it in a bargain bin for about a quarter, don't bother with it. On the other hand, it's about an inch thick, an ideal door stop.
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