Toronto general manager Brian Burke publicly apologized to fans for a disappointing Maple Leafs season and vowed to address the team's goaltending and size heading into the off-season.

Burke addressed the media Tuesday after the Leafs finished 13th in the East and failed to make the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season

Burke said he didn't plan to change the style of play he feels wins games. He said he wanted the Leafs to be able to dictate the game and that means more size and strength, including finding a centre to play on the top line.

The GM echoed the organization's mea culpa, posting a letter to the fans on their website asking forgiveness. They sent a similar letter to season ticket holders.

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

Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle spoke before Burke, challenging his players to improve their work ethic.

He says his parting message to his players was that the level of work ethic, accountability, and the conditioning must improve.

Burke replaced head coach Ron Wilson with Carlyle in March, but the damage was already done by then.

Canadian Press