TORONTO (Aug. 6) — It has been proven, unequivocally, that the going rate for an elite defeseman in the National Hockey League is close to double figures per season. Dougie Hamilton signed with New Jersey as an unrestricted free agent… Read More
TORONTO (Aug. 3) — It’s been hypothesized that Rogers Communications is deliberately maintaining the vanilla decorum of Hockey Night In Canada to preserve a sound coalition with the National Hockey League. Since the departures of Don Cherry (fired in November… Read More
TORONTO (Aug. 1) — Wow, did I get excited on Saturday when I thought I heard the Toronto Maple Leafs had signed Nicole Richie to sing the national anthem at home games. Maybe her dad, Lionel, would come along. Then,… Read More
TORONTO (July 29) — The question posed on the headline to this blog is largely hypothetical given the myriad factors that determine placement during the long, 82–game schedule in the National Hockey League.
Injuries often play an immeasurable role.
But,… Read More
TORONTO (July 28) — Given the myriad issues surrounding the Maple Leafs with their discretional cap burden, general manager Kyle Dubas did well to fill a large hole when he signed free agent Petr Mrazek to a three–year contract. If… Read More
TORONTO (July 27) — The voice on the other end of the telephone line was direct and assertive. From a former general manager that everyone in the hockey world would instantly recognize. “Howard, you aren’t even close in your assessment… Read More
TORONTO (July 24) — Adopting the age–old cliché that there are two sides to every coin, let’s look at a different side of the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is not to excuse Brendan Shanahan and Kyle Dubas for the salary… Read More
TORONTO (July 22) — Here’s a question for my ol’ friend, Steve Keough, director of media relations for the Toronto Maple Leafs: Why did general manager Kyle Dubas communicate with reporters earlier today? Would it not have been easier for… Read More
TORONTO (July 21) — Do you think it’s possible? That somewhere far down the line, a young fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs will tell his grandchild where he was upon learning the Seattle Kraken had claimed Jared McCann in… Read More
TORONTO (July 19) — The Seattle Kraken, on Wednesday, will select its first team in the National Hockey League’s 13th expansion draft since 1967. That was the year the NHL made its biggest move, doubling in size by adding six… Read More
TORONTO (July 18) — Of course the Toronto Maple Leafs wouldn’t gamble. When you’re sitting on such assuredness as a five–year playoff bomb, why change? Hence, there they were… the four forwards protected from the Seattle Kraken in Wednesday’s expansion… Read More
TORONTO (July 15) — After all the ancient heroes that have come to “die” with the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of their careers, a local blueblood — still in his prime — will need to play elsewhere next… Read More
TORONTO (July 14) — What a coincidence that a team with nary an unsold seat for home games has made itself the ultimate spectator. Unless the Toronto Maple Leafs divert from their bullheaded “we’ll get this done” posture, the club… Read More
TORONTO (July 13) — Yes, I am venturing outside the lines for today’s blog. With Donald Trump still alive; still treacherous, and likely planning to defile democracy in a second run for United States president, it’s time to say hello… Read More
TORONTO (July 10) — The best and worst of the Toronto Maple Leafs during the Kyle Dubas era has involved the most–critical position of any hockey club: goaltender. It was a topic bantered about by Bryan Hayes, Dave Feschuk (Toronto … Read More
TORONTO (July 8) — We all listened, incredulously, when Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan insisted after the first–round playoff collapse against Montreal that his team, without changing in any meaningful way, would “get this done.” The assumption (or vague guarantee)… Read More
TORONTO (July 5) — This is the most important blog I’ve ever written.
It’s the story of a man named John. Not just any John, but a 57–year–old man of such remarkable character, courage and spirituality that I can barely… Read More
TORONTO (July 3) — Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, under the ownership triumvirate of Bell Canada, Rogers Communications and Larry Tanenbaum, has never been accused of parsimony. As it relates to the hockey department, there are grave concerns over having… 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).