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The Derringer Debacle

TORONTO (May 26) — I worked with veteran radio man John Derringer (real name: John Hayes) a generation ago at The FAN–590 when he co–hosted our morning show with the late Pat Marsden. Though I never spent much time around… Read More

Isn’t There a Statute of Limitation?

TORONTO (May 20) — If Dorothy can click her glass slippers and return from colorful Oz to the farm in Kansas, the Toronto Maple Leafs can probably win a playoff series. Who knows, it might even happen next spring, should… Read More

“Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here!”

TORONTO (May 17) — Come on, be honest, you didn’t expect to hear a different message from your Toronto Maple Leafs today? Did you? Why would the club venture outside its vaunted comfort zone in the National Hockey League’s most–hapless… Read More

What Is Auston/Leafs’ Mindset?

TORONTO (May 16) — Whatever roster/salary cap manipulation the Toronto Maple Leafs are considering from this point forward absolutely must involve Auston Matthews. Not solely because he failed to help lift the club beyond one playoff round for a sixth… Read More

Bowen Was Absolutely Crestfallen

TORONTO (May 15) — I watched the first two periods of Game 7 on Saturday night before getting dressed and going to work. As such, I listened on radio to the final eight minutes of the decisive match between the… Read More

The Scoreboard Never Lies

TORONTO (May 13) — For those who contend that curses, ghosts, goblins and bad guys wearing striped jerseys account for the nearly two decades since the Toronto Maple Leafs last won a playoff round, allow me to get this maudlin… Read More

This Has 1993 Potential

[Auston Matthews] needs to assume control of this opening round… first, by leading the way at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday with at least one important, timely goal; then with some form of coup de grace either in Game 6 or… Read More

Auston Needs To Pick It Up

TORONTO (May 8) — Can the Toronto Maple Leafs dethrone the Tampa Bay Lightning in their first–round playoff series with Auston Matthews a marginal figure? It is every bit a rhetorical question. Yet, only one of many that should disturb… Read More

Leafs In A Good Spot (Again)

TORONTO (May 7) — Numbers occasionally lie, as they did for the Toronto Maple Leafs a year ago this month. But, here’s a fact: In Stanley Cup playoff history, the team that leads 2–1 after Game 3 in a best–of–seven… Read More

Now Leafs Need A Counterpunch

TORONTO (May 4) — Chalk up one for the champ, but don’t give up on the challenger. Game 2 of the Maple Leafs–Tampa Bay Stanley Cup series may have seemed like the polar opposite of Game 1, but the difference… Read More

Raise The Bar, Leafs Nation

TORONTO (May 3) — It was, in a word, perfection. Or, as near as a hockey team can reasonably approach that elusive target. Casting full and boundless credit on Brendan Shanahan, Kyle Dubas, Sheldon Keefe and all the men wearing… Read More

In The End, It’s Up To Smilin’ Jack

TORONTO (Apr. 30) — How fascinating and coincidental it was that the best regular season in the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs coincided with the worst–ever season for the Montreal Canadiens? Rivals from the very beginning of the… Read More

Mostly Quiet Jubilation For Leafs

TORONTO (Apr. 20) — The numbers are more impressive than ever, but this is largely a “been there, done that” season for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Which is evident in nearly all the right places amid mainstream media. Yes, Damien… Read More

Can Leafs Beat Tampa Bay or Boston?

TORONTO (Apr. 16) — Given their glistening record against fellow Stanley Cup contenders, the Toronto Maple Leafs should be quite a match for either the Tampa Bay Lightning or Boston Bruins in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.… Read More

The Leafs Beat Goes On… And On

“I will be at the Capitals/Leafs game Thursday hoping to welcome Mr. Matthews into our 60–goal club.” — Former NHLer Dennis Maruk, who scored 60 for Washington in 1981–82. TORONTO (Apr. 10) — Without question, the 2021–22 National Hockey League… Read More

Every Goal Ladens The Anvil

What Matthews has yet to do — what [Mike] Bossy accomplished — is transferring his regular season success to the playoffs. — Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun, Apr. 5, 2022. TORONTO (Apr. 7) — Yes, the numbers are astounding. There is… Read More

For Leafs, Next “Test” Begins in May

TORONTO (Apr. 4) — I have read that the “biggest test” of the season for the Toronto Maple Leafs arises in the next couple of nights with road games against Atlantic Division rivals Tampa Bay and Florida. This isn’t accurate.… Read More

Maple Leafs 50–goal Timeline

TORONTO (Apr. 2) — The bulletin, late Thursday night, from ESPN in the United States: Auston Matthews joins exclusive Toronto Maple Leafs club with NHL-leading 50th goal Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 50th goal of the season and the Toronto… Read More
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