Canadiens Chortling Yet Again

The Leafs want to preclude [Carey] Price from attaining “can’t beat me” confidence. Which a Game 7 showdown could manufacture. — BETWEEN The Posts, May 27 TORONTO (May 31) — In the end, there is death, taxes… and the Montreal… Read More

The Mystery of Tuesday

TORONTO (May 30) — Perhaps never in the modern history of the Maple Leafs is so much thought to be riding on the outcome of one game: the decisive match, Monday night, in the Toronto–Montreal opening playoff round. I say… Read More

You Know Why The Leafs Are Here

TORONTO (May 30) — There is no mystery as to why the heavily favored Leafs are going to Game 7 against the highly inferior Montreal Canadiens. Neither is there any mystery to this blog. Every pre–series declaration of a four… Read More

Shall We Forget The Date?

TORONTO (May 29) — This will be a sorry–ass memory for hockey fans in the Greater Toronto Area. Just once in the 104–year history of the Maple Leafs has the club played on the exact date as today: Saturday, May… Read More

Rogers Needs a Bolt; Leafs A Slam

TORONTO (May 28) — The biggest off–ice news in the National Hockey League this week was that Wayne Gretzky had signed a multi–year contract with Turner Sports to provide studio commentary. Turner and ESPN take over from NBC next season… Read More

Habs Delay The Inevitable

TORONTO (May 27) — It was a look of disbelief. Or, in this case, disbe–LEAF. Alexander Galchenyuk did not plan to send his ex–teammates on a 2–on–0 breakaway early in overtime Thursday night. That’s what you get, however, when you… Read More

Are The Leafs Already A Success?

TORONTO (May 27) — If you consider local newspaper and website headlines since Monday, it appears the 2021 Toronto Maple Leafs have attained some kind of zenith by merely leading the worst of the 16 Stanley Cup playoff qualifiers in… Read More

Cool — During and After

TORONTO (May 26) — The TV image spoke volumes. No raising his stick. No pumping of the arms. No gyrating of the body. Just a relaxed sip of water. It was there for fans across the country to see on… Read More

Hockey Night Really Needs The Leafs

TORONTO (May 24) — Unless the Edmonton Oilers become the fifth team in Stanley Cup playoff history to rebound from a 3–0 deficit in a best–of–seven series, Rogers, Sportsnet and Hockey Night In Canada will quickly lose one of its… Read More

Love Is In The Air

TORONTO (May 23) — Yes, folks, the planets have aligned. There is so much giddiness in and around Leafs Land after Saturday night’s bounce–back romp over Montreal that Adrienne Batra, the Toronto Sun’s editor–in–chief, has been invited to spend Victoria… Read More

Dubas Has More Important Issues

TORONTO (May 22) — I respect Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, but he was out of line criticizing the Toronto Sun for its Friday cover. As pictured, below, the Sun ran a photo of a bloodied John Tavares being… Read More

Scars Must Quickly Heal

TORONTO (May 21) — No, the Maple Leafs are not in trouble against the Canadiens in their opening–round playoff quarrel. Not yet, anyway. Check back after Game 2 on Saturday and I may feel differently. It is nonetheless irrefutable that… Read More

Pondering The Imponderable

TORONTO (May 18) — Whether in a newspaper column or a blunt email exchange, Damien Cox gets it right. “Oh my, the horror!” he responded to yours truly, late Monday night, upon being apprised of the subject matter for our… Read More

Sports Fans Need More Opinion

TORONTO (May 15) — When CJCL AM–1430 became the first all–sports radio station in Canada (Sep. 4, 1992), I was provided a directive from two of the highest–ranking executives, Doug Ackhurst and Allan Davis: “We want strong opinion from you… Read More

Cherry–MacLean is Complicated

TORONTO (May 13) — In a perfect world, I would follow up my Sunday blog, which was a heartfelt plea to Don Cherry and Ron MacLean to resolve their differences, with a detailed postscript. The submission here went rather viral… Read More

A Heartfelt Appeal to Ron and Don

TORONTO (May 9) — This is an open letter to Ron MacLean and Don Cherry… Dear Ron and Don: I often think about the years I spent on your periphery while covering the Toronto Maple Leafs for The FAN–590. Then,… Read More

Cherry on Leafs: “No One Knows”

TORONTO (May 8) — During the nearly four decades in which he became the most–recognizable face in our country, Don Cherry was an unabashed supporter of the Maple Leafs. “I like ‘T–ronna,’ I want them to win,” he would tell… Read More

Time to Rant… Time to Rave

TORONTO (May 6) — Hey, guess what? The National Hockey League was big news in the United States for 72 hours this week. Not for any reason, of course, that relates to Connor McDavid performing at a level unseen since… Read More
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