TORONTO (June 19) — Every media dispatch implies that he’s gone. Even Elliotte Friedman, the world’s No. 1 hockey insider, claims the Toronto Maple Leafs will lose Zach Hyman as an unrestricted free agent.
So, why even write this blog,… Read More
TORONTO (June 18) — I’ve been asked by several blog readers why I seem particularly down on the Toronto Maple Leafs right now. It’s a fair question, though the concept of being “up” or “down” on a sports team connotes… Read More
TORONTO (June 16) — This is a classic example of how the Toronto Maple Leafs know they can get away with anything… at any time. Leading off the Leafs page, late today, on the chat forum H–F Boards is the… Read More
TORONTO (June 14) — This blog intends no disrespect toward one of most–dignified players in the modern history of the Toronto Maple Leafs. And, we are delighted that he quickly recovered from the horrific collision with Corey Perry’s knee–pad in… Read More
TORONTO (June 12) — One can barely imagine the frenzy and euphoria in these parts if the Maple Leafs, not the Montreal Canadiens, were about to tangle with the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup semifinals. And, the sheepish… Read More
TORONTO (June 10) — Though he could play the game decently, ex–National Hockey League forward Sean Avery is among the most–profane, distasteful figures in the sport’s history. His shameless, nauseating insults and put–downs are too numerous to waste time listing… Read More
TORONTO (June 7) — Have you noticed that when something whacky happens in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens often wade triumphantly through the muck? Or, much more impressively than anticipated?
It could be materializing again this spring with… Read More
TORONTO (June 6) — Warning: This blog is an hypothesis… until the inert Brendan Shanahan acknowledges that sitting idly leads to another brick wall at playoff time. But, let’s proceed, nonetheless.
Though I’m not advocating the Toronto Maple Leafs throw… Read More
TORONTO (June 5) — So, the week has passed with nary a whimper.
All is forgiven and nearly forgotten. Time to move on, Leafs Nation. But, please, understand this:
Your favorite club has refused to properly allocate money in the… Read More
TORONTO (June 3) — Let me begin by repeating what I have written in this corner on several occasions: I respect Brendan Shanahan. I respected him as a hard–nosed, Hall–of–Fame power forward with a mean streak; exactly the type of… Read More
TORONTO (June 2) — I wanted to write this blog earlier, but the playoff collapse of the Leafs got in the way.
Tuesday, just after noon, represented 10 years since Don Kollins, program director at The FAN–590, told me my… Read More
A few days after another lost season, Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas comes to his end–of–season presser carrying a cross. He spends an hour nailing himself to it. Then we start the process all over again.
— Cathal Kelly, The… Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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).