Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 19 2014 11:38AM
There's a lot of confusion going around the hockey media right now. This will not help you get any less confused, but will at least point you in the right directions to place your confusion.
From Eliotte Friedman:
Hearing MLSE president/CEO Tim Leiweke will be leaving the company soon. (1/2)— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 19, 2014
Not sure of where he's going, but hearing the reason is he is looking for a new challenge.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 19, 2014
From Cathal Kelly:
Just talked to Tim Leiweke re: rumours he's leaving MLSE: "It's not true. 100 per cent not true. I'm fully committed to the season at hand."— cathalkelly (@cathalkelly) August 19, 2014
From James Mirtle:
Tim Leiweke denies he's going anywhere: "Any report stating that I am leaving MLSE is untrue."— James Mirtle (@mirtle) August 19, 2014
Friedman isn't exactly one to rumour monger, and rarely misses. He's also the only person out of these three that works for the same parent company as Tim Leiweke. It's very odd to see him be lead astray like that. On the other hand, Kelly and Mirtle have quotes directly from the big boss.
In either event, it's an interesting story. If Tim Leiweke left now, what legacy does he really have? Toronto FC is significantly better, but are far from a finished project. The Raptors look to be improved, but their highest profile free agent signing is Drake (until they totally sign Kevin Durant in 2016). The Leafs have made some promising new hires and signings this summer, but haven't played a playoff game under Leiweke, nor do they have a winning record. If he's looking towards "new challenges", he should probably consider completing the ones he's already set for himself.
Unless he's already pissed off *that* many people at MLSE. That would be something else.