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Toronto comes into Vancouver to take on the Leafs tomorrow night.

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Editor’s Note: We’re aware of the bad judgment call we made with the joke that was previously in this article and on Twitter. We’ve publicly apologized and edited out the joke, and we’re sorry for letting that go to press in the first place.

Brandon Prust’s tenure as a Vancouver Canuck was short and not so sweet. He lasted 35 games and potted one goal during the 2015-16 NHL season. He was then waived to Utica in the AHL never to be seen again...until now.

It appears that Prust has implied that Toronto Maple Leafs’ General Manager Kyle Dubas may have obtained his current job under false pretenses. Prust seems to say that Dubas has been wearing non-prescription eye-glasses in an effort to make himself appear older and more intelligent than he actually is.

It is unknown whether or not Brendan Shanahan knew when he first hired Dubas that the young fellow was only 28 years of age back then. There is evidence, however, to suggest that Shanahan didn’t scour Dubas’ resume meticulously for evidence of past success.

In his three seasons as the general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Dubas’ squad missed the playoffs once and only won one playoff round. Perhaps, Shanahan was blinded by the lack of lenses on Dubas’ frame. Or perhaps, he was impressed by the fact that Dubas did have at least one playoff series victory under his belt. The Maple Leafs last playoff round victory was during the 2003-04 NHL season when the Vancouver Canucks lent franchise icon Pat Quinn to the Toronto organization to show them how it was done. Apparently they didn’t pay attention to Quinn’s advice. Dubas was only 18 years old back then and probably too young to have any direct memory of the Leafs’ glory year.

The Maple Leafs’ soon arrive in Vancouver to play the Canucks, ensconced as the 21st overall club in the league. They seem primed to fall further down the standings when teams below make up their games in-hand.

Canucks’ fans have endured being lectured on the Vancouver airwaves by eastern Toronto talking heads and their local acolytes for years with the notion that Vancouver needed to adopt the Shanaplan in order to return to playoff prominence.

It is fitting now as the Maple Leafs’ playoff window ever-so-slightly shrinks under the weight of excessive Salary Cap-strangling contracts and a poorly constructed roster. On the flipside, the Canucks rebuild is nearing the end, and a playoff birth is creeping closer.

How sweet it would be if the team-of-many-colours, upon its first return to the pursuit of Lord Stanley’s Cup in many seasons, did some real damage in the 2020 playoffs while Willy Nylander and his boys were putting golf balls into cups. One wonders if by the time the Canucks make their return trip to Toronto for their rematch with the Leafs on February 29th, 2020 will Kyle Dubas and his glass-less specs have already joined a fired coach Mike Babcock on the links while the Canucks are finishing up their battle for the Pacific Division crown.

Tomorrow night Travis Green and crew have a first-hand chance to forever shatter the glass myth of the Toronto rebuild ‘model’. Hopefully, Elias Pettersson and his mates show no mercy thereby banishing the Sham-aplan and its collaborators from Vancouver forever.