Toronto Maple Leafs
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In this 790th episode, Mike chats with Rick Vaive about being named captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the age of 22, scoring 50 goals in a season three times, playing during the dysfunctional Harold Ballard era, having the "C" ripped from his chest, coaching the Mississauga Ice Dogs
"The Chief" George Armstrong played for the Toronto Maple Leafs for twenty-one seasons and served as the team's captain for eleven of them, the longest such tenure in Leafs' history. He played in seven all-star games and won four Stanley Cups with the Leafs, scoring an empty net goal in
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed veteran centre Joe Thornton to a one-year, $700,000 contract. Jumbo Joe has 420 goals, 1,089 assists and 1,509 points in 1,636 career NHL games. He has 31 goals and 133 points in 179 playoff games. It's a tiny contract, and
On July 1, 2015, the Leafs traded Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The return was forwards Nick Spaling and Kasperi Kapanen, defenceman Scott Harrington and a 1st and 3rd round draft pick. Kapanen's a skilled young forward but the Leafs are in desperate need of Kap space. (The author
On Thursday night, I missed the Leafs coughing up their 3-0 lead against Columbus because I was recording this week's Pandemic Friday episode of Toronto Mike'd. I watched overtime though, Another chapter in the Ongoing History of Maple Leafs Collapses. Last night, with the Leafs down 3-0 in a must-win
Eddie Shack was 83. He played for six NHL teams including the Toronto Maple Leafs where he won four Stanley Cups.
Jim Gregory was 83. He was General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs for 10 seasons during which time they made eight playoff appearances. Jim came up in my recent conversation with Jim McKenny beause he famously said he wouldn't trade McKenny for Bobby Orr straight up.
Last year, it felt like the Leafs season was 82 exhibition games until the real season began against Boston. It was a (mostly) entertaining 82 games, but it just didn't feel like it mattered. When the real season started, we bowed out in the first round to Boston. This season
Dan Maloney was 68. He played 11 seasons in the NHL with Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit and Toronto before becoming head coach of the Maple Leafs for the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons.
Tonight, I'm watching the Leafs game. The regular season has finally arrived and I'm pumped. No Nylander yet, but otherwise it's looking sweet. The Leafs landed their biggest free agent fish ever and on paper, we're finally a top tier team. Yes, the D line is a little thin, but
Greg Terrion was 58. He played six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, from 1982-1988. In total, he scored 93 goals and added 150 assists over 561 NHL games.
My Toronto Maple Leafs have just signed their biggest free agent, ever. John Tavares is coming home, signing a seven year $77-million deal. I’m thrilled to be starting a new chapter of my career and life in Toronto with the @MapleLeafs. I feel very fortunate to come join a
It's an interesting coincidence that both the Blue Jays and Raptors have strung together multiple win streaks of 11 games but never 12. I believe the Jays have hit 11 at least five times now and I know the Raptors have reached 11 at least twice. When I have time,
The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired centre Tomas Plekanec and AHL forward Kyle Baun from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defender Rinat Valiev, winger Kerby Rychel, and a 2018 second-round pick. My oldest son tells me this is a good deal for the Leafs. Plekanec will be our fourth
Johnny Bower was 93. Nicknamed "The China Wall", the Hall of Famer won four Stanley Cups tending goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In retirement, no Leafs alumnus was more active than Johnny Bower. Often at this time of year I'd share Johnny Bower's "Honky the Christmas Goose". Sung with
Mr. San Jose Shark Patrick Marleau is now a Toronto Maple Leaf. Mike Babcock knows him well, having coached him to gold medals in 2010 and 2014. Marleau has had a stellar career and is as durable as they come. Clearly the Leafs are trying to win now. But it's
Somehow, against all odds, the Nashville Predators have made the Stanley Cup Finals. They were the 16th seed, and I had them going out in the first round. I was so confident in that, I drafted many Chicago Blackhawks in my annual playoff pool. Leafs fans will take some delight
Despite frustrating me for three quarters, the Raptors actually won in Milwaukee yesterday to tie their first round series with the Bucks at 2 games apiece. They should advance to the second round, although nothing is a surety when this team is in the playoffs. They're rather unpredictable, hence the
Bill Barilko's overtime winner in game five of the 1951 Stanley Cup final was scored 66 years ago tonight. I love the legend of Bashin' Bill and have hosted this tribute in one form or another for the past 19 years. If you're interested in Bill Barilko's story, I urge
Looking back, the best thing that ever happened to the Toronto Maple Leafs was blowing that 4-1 third period lead in Boston. At the time, it was excruciating. Up 4-1 in the game seven with about ten minutes to play, the upset was imminent. Or so we thought... Had we
I've been busy. I've failed to document not one but two significant trades involving Toronto teams. Yesterday the Leafs sent minor-leaguer Byron Froese and a conditional second round pick in 2017 to Tampa for fourth-line centre Brian Boyle. The only reason you make this deal is to make the playoffs
The Maple Leafs Forever is brilliant. Now that Tim Thompson has updated the montage to include Auston and the kids, it's even better. If you're interested in long form discussions about this Leafs montage, I spoke with both Tim Thompson and singer Ron Hawkins about it in great detail. Ron
In this 216th episode, Mike chats with Kevin Shea about his years working with "Weird Al" Yankovic and Motley Crue, selling Smells Like Teen Spirit to radio and the legend of Bill Barilko in glorious blue and white detail. This episode is exactly 1:18:17. You can listen to