Leafs apologize to fans for disappointing season

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TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are apologizing for yet another disappointing season.

A letter to fans posted on the Leafs' website Monday asks for forgiveness after the team missed the playoffs for the seventh straight year.

The letter signed by Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment chairman Larry Tanenbaum said "the way this year ended was unacceptable."

The Leafs were in sixth place in the Eastern Conference in February, but won just two of their next 17 games in a collapse they couldn't recover from.

Toronto general manager Brian Burke replaced head coach Ron Wilson with Randy Carlyle in March, but the damage was done and the Leafs finished 13th in the East.

Tanenbaum's letter makes no mention of Burke's future, only saying that "ownership believes in the plan for the Maple Leafs."