***BREAKING NEWS (Saturday 4:50 p.m.)*** The Los Angeles Kings have bought out the final two years of Dion Phaneuf’s contract. Is it the end of the line for the former captain of the Maple Leafs?
TORONTO (June 15) — In… Read More
TORONTO (May 18) — I have neither information nor a particular reason to suspect the Maple Leafs aren’t “all in” on Mike Babcock, as cryptically noted, last week, by general manager Kyle Dubas. But, something is gnawing at me with… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 16) — One more chance. That’s all the Maple Leafs have without Auston Matthews.
One final opportunity — against New Jersey, tonight — to prove they can sh** the bed in the absence of their best player. “If… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 2) — As so often happens in professional sport when hype trumps expectation, the main characters in Tuesday night’s drama at Air Canada Centre barely made it on stage.
This was billed as a showdown between the last… Read More
TORONTO (Oct. 12) — Six months and three days after last watching the Toronto Maple Leafs in a game that counted, a new season begins with curiosity and bridled excitement. A 5–1 defeat at New Jersey on Apr. 9 enabled… Read More
TORONTO (July 15) — In professional sport, as elsewhere in commerce, meaningful negotiation requires perseverance. Under the current Toronto Maple Leafs administration, that may skew more decidedly.
No one involved, however, in the Auston Matthews entry–level talks are astonished, or… Read More
TORONTO (July 6) — We know this much about Auston Matthews: He is “honored.”
“Honored” to be ranked as the top prospect for the 2016 National Hockey League draft.
“Honored” to be part of the annual prospects media tour at… Read More
TORONTO (June 25) — It was no surprise that Auston Matthews wiped Britain’s exit from the European Union off the front page of one local newspaper today, while liberally sharing space with another.
During the Toronto Maple Leafs 100th anniversary… Read More
TORONTO (June 24) — In the course of 99 years, there have been myriad turning points for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Three, in particular, stand out to this day… with Auston Matthews in the on–deck circle.
The most significant factors… Read More
TORONTO (June 18) — With less than a week remaining before the most anticipated draft in Toronto hockey history, local fear–mongers are still emailing about an imminent trade of the No. 1 pick. These people have no concept of relaxation,… Read More
TORONTO (June 16) — He’s a right–handed shot with offensive flair and he’d be a No. 1 or 2 defensemen on many teams in the National Hockey League. But, is Kevin Shattenkirk a proper fit for the Maple Leafs?
According… Read More
TORONTO (May 2) — Shocking, wasn’t it, that Brendan Shanahan refused to reveal the Maple Leafs’ plan after winning the draft lottery on Saturday? The same Shanahan who hired a general manager that wouldn’t confirm the chill of an arctic… Read More
TORONTO (May 1) — Remember all those exciting moments in mid–March, Leaf fans? How your team — boosted by the call–ups of William Nylander, Nikita Soshnikov, Zach Hyman and others — embarked on a no–pressure, 6–2–1 streak over nine games?… Read More
TORONTO (Apr. 29) — The Calgary Flames have sent their Irish good–luck charm to our town in an arcane attempt to wrest the 2016 National Hockey League draft lottery from the “favored” Toronto Maple Leafs.
His name? Brian Burke. And,… Read More
TORONTO (Apr. 21) — If you’re an avid follower of the Toronto Maple Leafs, you will recognize the two most significant games played by your hockey club in the past ten years. Clearly, and despite the ignominious result, Game 7… Read More
TORONTO (Mar. 21) — The coach knows best.
In a city that gets carried away with the slightest hint of prosperity from the Toronto Maple Leafs — often irrespective of circumstance — Mike Babcock is a grounding agent. A modest,… Read More
TORONTO (Mar. 15) — Lou Lamoriello made it clear last week that he has no qualms about burning through a year of entry–level contractual authority over William Nylander. As such, and though it appears somewhat wasteful, the Toronto Maple Leafs… Read More
TORONTO (Mar. 12) — The kids in Blue and White are looking mighty fine — so fine, that a banner in the Toronto Sun on Friday referred to Zach Hyman as a “Leafs sensation.” For the record, Hyman — a… Read More
Hockey/baseball reporter at THE FAN-590 for 23 years (1988-2011), and original from September 1992 launch of Canada’s first all-sports radio station. Covered Toronto Blue Jays 1992 and 1993 World Series victories. Started with Leafs full time in 1994. Enjoying life with my family (kids Shane and Lauren).