This is Borje Salming in what can only be described as an unusual uniform (I think it’s Brynas). He is one of many outstanding hockey players who spent many years in Toronto vying for the Stanley whilst management had one oar in the water and another up their collective ass.
Today the Toronto Maple Leafs fired Paul Maurice. All kinds of speculation came out of the center of the universe with regard to the new GM being named (no smoke came from the chimney at the Vatican so I wasn’t fooled) today but it didn’t happen.
Some pretty smart people were speculating before and after the addled Fletcher press conference today about the timing of this move, but I’d like to add one more theory that wasn’t written today.
The Toronto Maple Leafs management group decided it was time for Toronto to be in the news today. So great is their arrogance that the Leafs believe too long from the spotlight for the anchor franchise of the NHL isn’t good for the team, the fans, the league, the nation or even planet earth.
There’s really no other reason to fire Paul Maurice today. They could have done it when all the other losing teams did after the regular season or they could have waited until the new GM is named. However, the Leafs annually represent the James Brown of off-seasons (remember his death on stage OH WAIT he’s fine act?), giving their fans something to talk about every few weeks as the mighty, mighty brain trust concocts a new recipe for success.
Another rumor today has Dave Nonis accepting the job and keeping the seat warm while Anaheim (those dirty buggers) force Brian Burke to honor the contract he signed (probably at gunpoint, there’s guns everywhere in the USA) in good faith with the Ducks ownership group.
I get the feeling the Leafs view their work the way George Steinbrenner went about driving baseball crazy each winter. Note to Leafs managements: there’s a slight difference. The Yankees won a few. The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to be all hat and no cattle. If you made this stuff up nobody would believe you. They’d move it from the fiction section to the fantasy section.