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Unpredictable Leafs still a contender

Besides making the playoffs, everything else about Toronto is tough to figure.

Originally Published: October 3, 2003
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

For months the media savages Maple Leafs coach and general manager Pat Quinn for not giving up one of those roles. Then, when the team decides to hire a new general manager, John Ferguson Jr., the media roasts the organization and Ferguson before he even gets the keys to the executive washrooms at the Air Canada Centre.

Go figure.

Later, while the team is in Sweden for part of training camp, Owen Nolan gives a radio interview acknowledging that he likely needs back surgery because of a ...

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