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from the Toronto Sun,
One year you are the future saviour of a storied NHL franchise, the next you’re just a recognizable name on a team’s depth chart.
Welcome to the topsy-turvey world of Justin Pogge.
Just a year ago, Pogge arrived in Toronto as a national hero neatly wrapped in the Canadian flag….
With the opening of training camp just three weeks away, there is scarcely any buzz regarding Pogge when the subject of the Leafs’ goaltending situation comes up.
from the Montreal Gazette,
Bowman is still considered to have been one of the brightest minds in hockey, working as a consultant with the Red Wings. The Toronto Maple Leafs recently asked him if he’d be interested in joining them as a senior adviser to help out general manager John Ferguson Jr. Bowman turned them down.
“They were looking for someone in an advisory role ... just to be an adviser,” he said. “I’ve been with the Red Wings for 14 years and I know all the people ... we know each other. It’s hard to mesh a newcomer coming in as a consultant. Why would I leave Detroit after 14 years just to be an adviser to a team where I don’t know anybody? I didn’t hire any of those people.”
more on Bowman’s relationship with Pollock and the Canadiens…
I get the feeling if Bowman was given complete control or the Leafs, he would have become a serious candidate, but the adviser role did not really entice him…
from the Toronto Star,
Bell will not talk about the carnage of twisted metal on the road and what led up to it. Partly, he said, because of his desire to put it behind him and partly because of pending legal issues.
He faces a lawsuit from the other driver, but he said he’s “not concerned at all” about it.
Bell said he could see his career slipping away because of his irresponsibility and vowed to alter his life and the crowd he hung out with.
He realized he had to grow up.
That included the decision to swear off alcohol, a lifestyle choice he said he made without professional help.
“It’s been a learning experience this whole past year. I feel I’ve really grown as a person. I’m very confident in the way I live my life now. It’s taking one step at a time,” he said.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
This kind of trouble is really nothing new to Mark Bell.
It was drunk driving in San Jose. It was allegations he beat up a taxi driver in Ottawa. In Chicago, the general manager just decided he wasn’t worth the difficulty anymore.
Everyone will tell you he’s a good guy. Isn’t that the hockey mantra? His friends will tell you he’s hilarious, fun-loving, enjoys life.
Wasn’t so hilarious to the cabbie who suffered a gash to the forehead, five stitches, a split lip, two black eyes and bruised ribs in 1999.
Bell was a kid back then, a junior hockey player who got the local hockey hero treatment in Ottawa.
Newly acquired Toronto Maple Leaf Mark Bell is headed to jail, Sportsnet has learned.
Bell pleaded guilty in a San Jose courtroom Tuesday to charges of drunk driving causing injury and hit and run.
The Leaf forward, picked up in the Vesa Toskala trade with San Jose in June, will be sentenced to six months in a Santa Clara ,California county jail to be served at the end of this upcoming season.
Official sentencing will be in October.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
We interrupt this column for a breaking news story:
Leafs skate! Leafs skate! Leafs skate!
Let’s go live to our reporter at the suburban arena where the Toronto Maple Leafs are staging an informal practice one month before the official opening of NHL training camps.
Reporter: “I am here at the Lakeshore Lions Arena, where the Toronto Maple Leafs are staging an informal practice.”
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Andrew Raycroft spent his honeymoon in Tahiti, knowing he’d have to one day come back and patch up his marriage with Maple Leafs management and fans.
That task began in earnest yesterday at Lakeshore Lions Arena where the goaltender joined the first team workouts of the year, informal practices ahead of next month’s official training camp for 2007-08….
You don’t hear a lot about hockey in Tahiti,” said Raycroft, who married Erin in her native Boston in July and claimed to have steered clear of the sports pages since.
“All I can say is that I had good conversations with (general manager) John Ferguson and (coach) Paul Maurice and they’ve told me we now have two good goaltenders and that’s what it’s going to be (heading into camp).
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Richard Peddie says the Toronto Maple Leafs are still looking for a senior hockey executive, but he declined to say if Scotty Bowman is a candidate.
However, the president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment said no one has been offered the position of president of the Maple Leafs. Peddie said the team is scouring the National Hockey League for candidates and will be “patient” enough to land the right person, be it a president or senior adviser to general manager John Ferguson.
The search is slow because some candidates, such as Bowman, who is a consultant to the Detroit Red Wings, are under contract.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Scotty Bowman has once again been offered the position of president of the Toronto Maple Leafs and this time is leaning toward accepting it, according to a source.
The source said Bowman was offered the job by the board of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and was given a week to make his decision. An answer is expected by Thursday or Friday and, the source said, Bowman may finally let MLSE catch him after a pursuit that began in the late spring when he spurned the company’s initial offer….
A second source said if Bowman takes the job with the Leafs, there will be a complete housecleaning. This would include Ferguson, head coach Paul Maurice and others in the hockey department, according to the source.
added 7:44am on 8/5/07, As George pointed out in the comments, TSN is reporting…
“I have not received an offer from the Leafs, and I don’t expect one either,” Bowman told TSN in an e-mail.
John Ferguson Jr. discussed the Penner deal and talked about the Leafs to this point. This was also mentioned…
from Slam Sports,
John Ferguson Jr. said there was nothing new to report in the ongoing negotiations with veteran centre Mike Peca, except that he owed Peca’s agent Don Meehan a phone call. He also admitted there was no truth to the rumours surrounding the interest expressed from other teams regarding Leafs centre Matt Stajan.
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