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Toronto Maple Leafs Still Feeling Effects of 2008
by Lukas Hardonk on June 7, 2012.

Hiring Brian Burke as President and GM was one of many transactions that has defined the franchise following the lockout. (Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE)

Not many National Hockey League teams can say there is one specific year since the 2004-2005 lockout that has offered so many “franchise defining moments.” 2008 may have been that year for the Toronto Maple Leafs, as it certainly has defined everything that has happened since the lost season.

Although it may not have seemed like that big of a year at the time, 2008 was certainly one that will go down as one of the most memorable since the turn of the millennium. During those 356 days, three stood out as major ones that, together, would decide the direction of the team over the next five years.

June 20, 2008 – Maple Leafs select Luke Schenn fifth overall

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