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The provincial elections in Ontario are set to happen on October 6th. The problem is, the Toronto Maple Leafs season opener with the Montreal Canadians (plus a Vancouver Canucks/Pittsburgh Penguins matchup) are going off on the same night.
CBC has historically cancelled most regular programming on election nights, to keep viewers informed as the results come in. But knocking out the season-opening game for the Leafs? In TV-ratings land, that’s seriously bad politics.
Toronto.com reports on election night Oct. 6, the CBC will broadcast the season-opener between the Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, followed by the Vancouver Canucks-Pittsburgh Penguins matchup.
Precipitating this decision was the Toronto Star’s online poll, to find out what viewers wanted. Hockey won, with 65% support.
I was working on my job application letter this morning—applying for the soon-to-be-available position of head coach of the Vancouver Canucks—but I got stuck early. (After all, when you start with “Dear Dumbasses…” there’s really nowhere to go with it that’s going to salvage that job application). So with me out of the mix, I’ve opted to focus my energy on second-best choices.
First off, will there in fact be a coaching change? They played better last night but is it too little, too late? My feeling is that it is, but I could be wrong. This is the Canucks, after all, a team which gave Vigneault an extension last season, rather than just let him play out this final year on his previous contract to see how things go. And given that the team missed the playoffs last year, you’ll have a hard time explaining the logic of that move to me.
But let’s assume that Mike Gillis is ready to pull the trigger and knock Vigneault off his bench. If so, this 7 day break over the All Star weekend is the ideal time to do it—so if it does happen, who are your favorite options?
Pat Quinn might not be front and center of the NHL these days, but he’s certainly stayed in the public spotlight.
While the pundits like to speculate endlessly about his suitability for various league coaching positions as they become available, Quinn himself stays plenty busy without worrying too much about the NHL.
In addition to being part-owner of the Vancouver Giants, Quinn helmed the gold medal winning Under-18 Canadian men’s team in Russia this past April, and just last month was awarded the distinguished position as head coach of Canada’s Junior team. Additionally, he also donates time to causes like Making the Connection, an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to issues of cardiac health.
Given his busy schedule, I was especially appreciative that Mr. Quinn took a few minutes to answer some questions.
Nonis denied early Thursday in an interview that anyone from the Leafs had even contacted him.
“I haven’t talked to anyone from Toronto at this time,” Nonis told TEAM 1040 radio in the morning. “Right now, Toronto is not one of the teams I’ve spoken to and we’ll see if they do contact me. I don’t really have any intentions of rushing into something unless it looks like something I have to do. I’d prefer to sit and wait. It’s still very early.”
TSN—who almost certainly listened to that same interview—still managed to come up with this:
Toronto fans: Are you looking for a team to make it through the long, cold nights ahead? William Houston at the Globe & Mail inspired me tonight when he questioned: Whatever will CBC do without Toronto on the schedule? And it’s coming.
Despite the cheery optimism of Mats Sundin & Co., the Toronto Maple Leafs are unlikely to make the playoffs.
Still, the conversation on the most recent Hockey Night focused almost entirely on the Leafs, 12th in the Eastern Conference.
The national hockey media’s preoccupation with the Leafs is hardly news, but it does encourage me to extend an olive branch to Leafs fans.
... that is the current obsession.
Bruce Arthur at Canwest News breaks it down.
Whether the Vancouver Canucks should trade for Mats Sundin is not the question.
OK, well, it is the question.
Cool. And the answer?
A PR mailer I received tonight pointed out the video below (tied to the entertaining URL: I’m Breaking Up With The Leafs.com) claiming it was aired on CTV News tonight.
I hadn’t seen that myself, but whatever—Scott has something to say, and I don’t see any compelling reason to stop him:
The time has come for me to end this abusive relationship I have had as a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs….... [...] It’s not pretty, but it had to be done.
Scott “A fan with no team” Stratten
So… meet the newest Ottawa Senators fan:
The Instigator Charlie Teljeur’s comic editorial at CBC:
From Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment:
After a long 28-year hiatus, Peter Puck is returning to television. Leafs TV announced Monday that Peter Puck, the beloved 1970s hockey puck icon, will return to television starting December 20 as part of Leafs TV’s Maple Leafs game broadcasts.
The scrappy animated character was first introduced to audiences in the 1970’s when NBC officials created it to use during their Game of the Week hockey broadcasts to help teach Americans about hockey. It quickly became recognized as a popular intermission personality featured on televised NHL games. The Peter Puck features also aired on CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada in the late 1970’s.
Here’s a flashback to the original Peter Puck:
Animation magic, no?
It’s recorded by Joe Bowen, the voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs, to help fans of our rival down the 401 calm themselves as they gear for their ninth win of the season – whenever that comes.
Such a great find, I had to hijack it…
*originally found at chillcasting.com
Without any common theme, some random odds & ends stories and related NHL commentary from this past week.
First, about the head injuries:
From the CP via TSN,
Teenage forward Jiri Tlusty of the Toronto Maple Leafs issued a statement Tuesday night regretting that pictures taken of him found their way on the Internet. The pictures were apparently taken while the Czech native was still playing for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds last season.
“I used poor judgment in this instance last season and I have learned a valuable lesson,” Tlusty said in a statement released by the Leafs following Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime loss to Montreal. “It will not happen again and I have no further comment.”
Leafs general manager John Ferguson also issued a statement.
“Photographs were posted recently on the Internet without Jiri’s knowledge or consent,” said Ferguson. “He made a naive mistake as a teenager. It’s a lesson in how something private can easily become very public in the Internet age. Hopefully it’s a lesson that other people will learn from as well.”
You mean taking nude photos of yourself with your camera phone and sending them to people is a bad idea?
But frankly, there are more important matters at stake. I mean, if 19 year olds can’t take suggestive photos of themselves and put them on the internet, Facebook and MySpace might both completely collapse.
Good grief. Every time I try and restrain myself from Leafs jokes, something new happens. From Shi Davidi at the CP (via The Chronicle Journal):
Posing for cameras in his underwear seems to have become a regular part of Borje Salming’s post-hockey life.
Hey, if at 56 you’ve still got it, why not flaunt it? “He’s got a pretty good body,” says Swedish artist Johan Wattberg, who spent the past year painting 31 portraits of the Hall of Fame defenceman.
Salming’s chiselled physique - which puts most men half his age to shame - is on display in many of Wattberg’s G-rated works, 21 of which were unveiled Tuesday at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The complete exhibition can be found here.
In all seriousness, good for Salming - if you’ve got it, feel free to flaunt it. But geez…
I sorta don’t know what to say. For once.
William Houston at the Globe & Mail takes note of the pre-season cheerleading going on in Leafs Land this week, and takes a few shots at Greg Millen:
Millen went as far as to describe Raycroft’s 2006-07 season as “excellent.” Excellent? Is that why the team rushed out to acquire another starting goalie? What is he talking about?
Millen makes himself look foolish by making these sorts of remarks and he also undermines the credibility of the channel. Why listen to Millen and his fellow housemen dish pap when you can get real commentary, sometimes hard-hitting, from TSN, Rogers Sportsnet and the Score?
But as Houston himself points out, it’s not just Millen, it’s the flavor of Toronto… particularly at Leafs TV: