Volume 96, Issue 69
Friday, January 31, 2003

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Leafs lose in order to win at the bank

Re: "Old Ellett jersey says everything," Jan. 29

To the Editor:

There is something that some of you disillusioned Leafs fans don't understand. As long as the current management is in place, there will never be a Leafs dynasty. Stavro & Co. are in the business of making money, and they are doing it well.

The Air Canada Centre (and usually half of other Canadian arenas) will be packed with die-hard Leafers, regardless of whether the Leafs are on top of the conference or 0-81-0-1. Why, then, would the owners want to waste the money needed to build a champion? It comes right out of their pockets, with no possibility for profit gain.

The management is happy exactly where they are. They know that buying into the talent needed to win a Cup or two will put them in the poor house (see the Toronto Blue Jays, circa 1992-2003).

You want the Blue & White to take home Stanley's Cup? Don' go to games, don't buy that ugly Leafs clothing and don't respect the team until it has no choice, but to create a contender.

Vlad Ivanovski
Electrical Engineering II

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