TORONTO (June 4) — The Maple Leafs are long overdue to start operating with an established pecking order. For too many years in the post–1967 era, head coaches have been inherited by Leaf general managers. Which is contradictory to functional… Read More
TORONTO (June 2) — Among those in the mushy mainstream media who cover the Toronto Maple Leafs, three names stand apart. As I wrote here on Wednesday, I knew we could count on at least one of Steve Simmons (Toronto … Read More
MY RADIO CAREER ENDED 12 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK WHEN DON KOLLINS, PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF THE FAN–590, CALLED ME INTO HIS OFFICE AND SAID MY SERVICES WERE NO LONGER REQUIRED.
FACT IS, THEY HADN’T BEEN FOR QUITE SOME TIME.
I… Read More
TORONTO (May 31) — Come on. You didn’t expect Brendan Shanahan to make a bold hire, did you?
Brad Treliving has the experience Shanahan was seeking in the “new” general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Given, however, the assuring… Read More
TORONTO (May 29) — There’s a weird paradox surrounding Mitch Marner and the Toronto Maple Leafs: He is the player the club can least afford to lose… but can most afford to trade. Let me try and explain.
As I’ve… Read More
TORONTO (May 27) — If it’s possible, the Toronto media market has gone wackier than ever in the past week. The parting with former Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas has triggered waves of panic among those that were in his… Read More
TORONTO (May 24) — As every year, there are innumerable off–season questions surrounding the beloved and bedeviled hockey team in this city. But, none bigger than this: Why is Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment wasting its time and money looking… Read More
TORONTO (May 22) — This came out of nowhere on Sunday night from an individual that is well–connected to the Toronto Maple Leafs; someone who knows all the players, personally. It was one man’s opinion and must be considered with… Read More
TORONTO (May 20) — Nothing productive can result from Brendan Shanahan seeking out and choosing the next general manager of the Maple Leafs. Which, oddly, still appears to be his task after nearly a decade of playoff oblivion as president… Read More
TORONTO (May 19) — Stafford Smythe, Harold Ballard, Steve Stavro, The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Rogers Communications, Bell Canada, Larry Tanenbaum: Companies and individuals that have primarily owned the Toronto Maple Leafs since the club, in 1967, played for and… Read More
UPDATE: ELLIOTTE FRIEDMAN OF SPORTSNET BROKE THE NEWS, JUST AFTER NOON TODAY, THAT KYLE DUBAS WILL NOT RETURN AS GM OF THE LEAFS. MORE TO FOLLOW…
TORONTO (May 18) — They say that in life, what comes around goes around.… Read More
TORONTO (May 16) — This is going in capital letters so Leafs Nation can save it and possibly throw it back at me. Even if that won’t happen, because… THE MAPLE LEAFS WILL NEVER PLAY FOR, LET ALONE WIN, THE … Read More
TORONTO (May 15) — I will begin by repeating the words, over the weekend, of a trusted hockey source: The Maple Leafs are “heavily weighing” an executive overhaul that would remove president Brendan Shanahan and general manager Kyle Dubas from… Read More
TORONTO (May 13) — Has Joe Bowen called his final game as voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs?
There was no indication of any such circumstance prior to last night’s playoff elimination by the Florida Panthers. But, neither has Bowen… Read More
TORONTO (May 11) — Yes, there is a smidgen of hope, where none existed prior to Game 4. And, yes, the Toronto Maple Leafs will beget intrigue and commotion if they again defeat the Florida Panthers on Friday night.
But,… Read More
TORONTO (May 10) — Would anyone like their palms read on Thursday?
While puttering around on the Internet, just after 3 p.m., I came to an epiphany (above) on my Twitter page. So, I missed the final score. Big deal.… Read More
TORONTO (May 8) — Truth be known, there was only one circumstance the Toronto Maple Leafs wished to avoid after winning their first playoff round in nearly two decades: getting drubbed in the second round and forcing management to trade… Read More
TORONTO (May 6) — It wasn’t exactly Peter Finch exclaiming, in the 1977 movie Network, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Neither, thank goodness, was Sid Seixeiro murdered live on television, as with the… 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).