Bobcat Open To A Prime Time Return

TORONTO (Mar. 30) — At some point, Rogers Communications and Sportsnet will get around to letting us know their plans for the coveted and important time–slot being vacated by Tim Micallef on Apr. 11, as Tim & Friends goes… Read More

Be “Knies” to Matthew

TORONTO (Mar. 29) — At some point before the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Maple Leafs will obtain the signature of Matthew Knies (pronounced “nize”) on a standard player’s contract. God help the young man once that occurs. For weeks now,… Read More

Craig Is Usually on the Button

TORONTO (Mar. 25) — TSN refers to Craig Button as its “director of scouting”, a throwback from his years (1988–2004) as a National Hockey League bird–dog and executive, which included a stint (2000–03) as general manager of the Calgary Flames.… Read More

Marner/Gilmour Analogy Premature

TORONTO (Mar. 23) — For those, like myself, who remember it clearly, there is no way to rationalize that 30 years have flown by since Doug Gilmour authored the greatest individual season in Toronto Maple Leafs history. The passage of… Read More

No Net Controversy With The Leafs

TORONTO (Mar. 21) — Here in the land of the Blue and White, there are forever questions (and nicknames) between the pipes. In the spring of 2023, it is very simple: Can Unknown Ilya and Melancholy Matt take the club… Read More

How Can Bobby Orr Be 75?

TORONTO (Mar. 18) — During his Hall–of–Fame career (1970–85), spent mostly as captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Darryl Sittler encountered many of the preeminent players in the second half–century of the National Hockey League — Gordie Howe, Jean Beliveau,… Read More

Finally, A Blunt Leafs Assessment

TORONTO (Mar. 16) — I am not particularly familiar with Sonny Sachdeva of Clearly, it’s been my loss… and I promise to pay more attention. His Linkedin bio describes him as… a writer based in Toronto with a decade Read More

Be Nice and You’ll Last Forever

TORONTO (Mar. 13) — As far as the Maple Leafs are concerned, there cannot be a nicer guy in the local media than Chris Johnston. In fact, Chris is just nice, period — whether he’s writing a column in the… Read More

The Auston Matthews Hype Machine

TORONTO (Mar. 10) — My ol’ pal, Nick Kypreos, has immeasurably improved the decorous Toronto Star sports section with his bi–weekly column on the Maple Leafs. Whichever executive made the decision to bring him aboard should receive a bonus. But,… Read More

Sandin Trade Could Be A Disaster

TORONTO (Mar. 9) — It will not impact the Maple Leafs this season, nor was that the objective. But, trading their most–skilled defenseman to the Washington Capitals for a rental, eight years his senior, was a bite–in–the–butt transaction. The club… Read More

Leafs Should Go Huge… REALLY Huge

TORONTO (Mar. 6) — They are, without question, the two biggest winners in the modern history of the National Hockey League, certainly among those still alive. Not only do they stand first and third in all–time NHL scoring with a… Read More

Trade Deadline Changes Nothing

TORONTO (Mar. 4) — Despite a frenzy of blueline–altering deals leading up to the National Hockey League trade deadline by general manager Kyle Dubas, we can arrive at the same conclusion as back in December or January: Unless the Boston… Read More
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