Ron Wilson’s days as the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs should end – at least, in my opinion.

Ron Wilson

Current Leafs' head coach Ron Wilson was hired under GM Cliff Fletcher's watch but, not long after, Brian Burke took over as GM

We’re going to skip the argument about whether or not Wilson should be replaced. It’s going to happen sooner, rather than later, so let’s just move to the replacement possibilities. Here are five names that may come up, rightly or wrongly. (more…)

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5 surprises the NHL threw at us in October

The first month of the NHL season has wrapped and, as usual, it contained its fair number of surprises.

Patrick Sharp

Are you surprised that, through October, this guy is the NHL's leading goal scorer with ten to his credit?

Were the number of suspensions and blather surrounding them a surprise? Maybe. What teams surprised you – by either their good or poor play? In no particular order, here are five things that surprised me about the NHL in October. (more…)

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There are six Canadian teams in the NHL, but only two will be worth watching this season – the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Taylor Hall

Watching rookie Taylor Hall play this season might make Edmonton fans forget the last four, long years AP Photo/Reed Saxon

You can throw a sack over the other four and, maybe, check on them next year. That doesn’t mean that the Oilers and Maple Leafs will light the world on fire, make the Stanley Cup Playoffs and still be playing in June. It means that, of Canada’s six, Edmonton and Toronto will be the most entertaining – on and off the ice. (more…)

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Chris Bosh

This week, when former Raptors' star Chris Bosh announced he was signing with the Miami Heat, Toronto got its knickers in a knot

In my entire life, I have never experienced a major city that does more sports whining than Toronto. I mean, it’s constant. If something is wrong, they whine. If something is just OK, they whine that it’s not perfect. If something is great, they whine that it’s not great enough. They make Rodney Dangerfield look like he was happy with the respect he got. And this week’s bolting of Chris Bosh to the Miami Heat has magnified an already appalling pattern in Canada’s largest city. He’s gone, get over it, Toronto. (more…)

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Dion Phaneuf was acquired by the Maple Leafs in February 2010

Dion Phaneuf was acquired by the Maple Leafs on January 31, 2010. He had 10 pts, 34 PIM in 26 games with Toronto.

 

History will mark Monday, June 14, 2010 as the exact day that the Toronto Maple Leafs began a direct path toward a Stanley Cup championship. Time will, of course, record this day as the one on which defenceman Dion Phaneuf became the 17th captain in the history of the NHL’s second-most storied franchise. And with that move alone, GM Brian Burke and head coach Ron Wilson have started down a path that will, without doubt, end in a championship. 

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