Marner’s Slow Start: Babcock Is To Blame

October 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

There’s a fine line between good coaching and over-coaching. Look no further than Maple Leafs’ coach Mike Babcock. This hands-on control freak is on the verge of doing significant damage to Toronto’s brilliant sophomore winger Mitch Marner. No, not because Marner has been temporarily demoted […]

An NHL Miracle Is Upon Us

October 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

In an earlier post, we tried to help those freaking out over the faceoff and slashing crackdowns, suggesting they take a pill and wait for the inevitable return to the status quo. Perhaps we were too cynical in jumping the gun? After only one week […]

Zack Hyman: The Teacher’s Pet

September 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

While many people, fans and media alike, were expecting newly acquired Patrick Marleau to spend his time in Toronto playing alongside Auston Matthews, this writer never waivered: No chance. Won’t happen. As Mike Babcock made clear in this clip from TSN, the Maple Leafs’ coach […]

It’s Just A Matter of Time

September 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Today, TSN offered up this story. In a nutshell, the NBA champion Golden State Warriors’ uniforms will feature a sponsor’s logo for the next three years. In exchange, the Warriors will receive a cool $60-million. Right now, Gary Bettman is lying on top of his […]

Declaration of Greed

September 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

According to this Sportsnet article: The NHL and NHLPA have unveiled hockey’s “Declaration of Principles”, in an effort to “develop, promote and support positive changes in the sport’s culture.” The story indicates that 17 different hockey organizations also signed on to this wonderful piece of […]

Maple Leafs Laughing All The Way To The Bank

August 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

It is to laugh. P.T. Barnum got it right when he said there was a sucker born every minute. Scotiabank is actually going to pay the Toronto Maple Leafs, more specifically MLSE, an outlandish $800-million dollars over two decades in return for their arena naming […]

Don Cherry Got It Wrong

August 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Someone might get injured? That was Don Cherry’s rationale (on Sportsnet radio) for not sending NHL players to the upcoming Winter Olympics? Using that logic we would never have experienced the magic and drama of the 1972 Canada/Russia series. We would never have seen Canadian […]

Jack Eichel: Mr. Sourpuss?

August 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

No doubt, the NHL has big marketing plans for its trio of super-kids (Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, and Jack Eichel.) McDavid is already a Sydney Crosby clone: Scoring champ, league MVP, and fully determined to be controversy-free for the next two decades. Colin Kaepernick he […]

Jagr Shouldn’t Be Surprised

August 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Jaromir Jagr says he’s surprised he hasn’t been able to land an NHL job for the upcoming season. According to this TSN story, the Florida Panthers stabbed Jagr in the back earlier this summer, reneging on a promised contract. There’s no reason to doubt that. […]

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