January 14 2013 11:28AM
There are many hockey scribes creating a din of clickity-clack noises writing up their feelings about and interpretations of Brian Burke. Most will focus on his W/L record, his personnel changes, his necktie... and those will be interesting reads and likely points for discussion for weeks to come:
If the Leafs start winning in this shortened season, will he be blamed for the whole lot?
If they do/do not get Luongo, does that have to do with Burke?
If the club ends in last place, did they get rid of Burke too soon?
Check any newspaper, blog or TV correspondent over the next little while and Burke will be mentioned in some fashion or another, talking about legacy, next moves, could haves and should haves.
Leafs Nation Podcast
January 13 2013 07:10PM
Huzzah! The Leafs Nation Podcast is back! We've been on something of a hiaitus for the last few months, and it's no wonder - there really hasn't been much to talk about - but myself (JP Nikota), SkinnyFish, birky, and Danny Gray have put together some good Leafs talk for your enjoyment. In fact, if you'll forgive a little horn tooting on my part (get your mind out of the gutter) it's probably the best half hour of Leafs-related discussion you're going to hear anywhere, so have a listen.
January 13 2013 01:18PM
We got waivers! Ha. Here you go: ANA: J Hendry, P Maroom, N Guenin, M Smaby. BUF: J Finley, D Leggio, D Schliestel. CBJ: C Bass, A Joudrey— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 13, 2013
The return of the NHL season means the return of the waiver wire! TSN’s Bob McKenzie, as he always does, has today’s news on that front. After the jump, a look at the ten most interesting available players.
January 12 2013 09:02PM
Above is the Toronto Maple Leafs' schedule for the month of January. As expected from yesterday's various tweets, the Leafs will open at the Bell Centre next week on CBC.
Toronto will play exclusively in the Eastern Conference this year, playing Montreal and Ottawa five times and Buffalo and Boston four times. The full schedule can be found here. They'll play nine back-to-backs, and, as our good friend b1kry points out, "7 dreaded MON or TUE games vs. SouthEast opponents".
For those of you stuck in the 1950s and can only watch hockey games via national television, Toronto play on TSN nine times and CBC 14 times.
January 12 2013 01:08PM
Somewhat unorthodox, but Brian Burke was granted the opportunity by the team to have a farewell press conference, where he spoke to the assembled media about the circumstances surrounding his firing, but for the most part thanked fans and ownership for the opportunity to work with the Maple Leafs.
But it's not a Burke presser unless there's some serious snark being turned. I transcribed some of the subtle, and not-so-subtle, zingers Burke used on the gathered media, via the video centre at the Maple Leafs website:
On the timing of his firing:
"I got a cold when I was in Russia and I wasn't able to shake it, so I apologize in advance. It would have been nice to get this notice before I went to Russia."