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New exec's plan a slap in face to Leafs

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07:28 AM ET 07.17 | New Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke came out of the gate talking a big game, and it has not come without a few ruffled feathers. [Leiweke] added that MLSE and the Leafs have to stop living off their past glory. "I don't want the players walking in the hallways of the Air Canada Centre and seeing pictures from 1962. Get rid of those pictures and tell them (the players), 'This is your legacy,'" he said. Leiweke is brash and confident. And there's nothing wrong with aiming high. But this final statement -- the part about getting rid of pics of former Leafs greats and not living in the past -- sounds like the words of a guy who cares little for the sporting tradition of this city.

Toronto Sun

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July 17, 2013  07:55 AM ET

The Sun sounds a little offended... Maybe they should do a closer examination of that "tradition".

July 17, 2013  08:13 AM ET

OK, now Lewie has gone a little overboard. If he seriously thinks that Kessel, Lupul, Reimer, and without a doubt, Phaneuf could even name 2 players from the Leaf teams of the 60s, he is a moron.

The players more likely look at the photos, wonder how they got so faded that the colour disappeared, and go back to their IPhones/Blackberrys.

I wonder if he would remove the Lincoln Memorial for those same reasons?

And btw, 1962 was a GREAT year in Toronto !!

July 17, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Those sepia toned pictures are so dreary anyway. ;)

July 17, 2013  08:48 AM ET

At least FN posted a different picture of Mr. Cuthbert.

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July 17, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

OK, now Lewie has gone a little overboard. If he seriously thinks that Kessel, Lupul, Reimer, and without a doubt, Phaneuf could even name 2 players from the Leaf teams of the 60s, he is a moron.The players more likely look at the photos, wonder how they got so faded that the colour disappeared, and go back to their IPhones/Blackberrys.I wonder if he would remove the Lincoln Memorial for those same reasons?And btw, 1962 was a GREAT year in Toronto !!

isn't this the jerk we were talking about yesterday?

July 17, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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At least FN posted a different picture of Mr. Cuthbert.

early leader

July 17, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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isn't this the jerk we were talking about yesterday?

One and the same. Unless you mean me, in which case......well....

One and the same I guess

July 17, 2013  09:03 AM ET

This makes a little sense. 1967 was a long time ago.

July 17, 2013  09:05 AM ET

New exec's plan a slap in face to Leafs

Doesn't he realize that's all they've got.

July 17, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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The Sun sounds a little offended... Maybe they should do a closer examination of that "tradition".

What's offensive is having to look at Dion Phaneuf's picture every time there's something written about the Maple Leafs. Is he the face of the franchise these days?

July 17, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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New exec's plan a slap in face to Leafs Doesn't he realize that's all they've got.

I guess the Toronto media takes the Leafs mediocrity extremely seriously.

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July 17, 2013  09:15 AM ET
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The Leafs must have a Chief Instagrammer in order to get all those cool old-looking pictures.

George Armstrong?

July 17, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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Don't worry. He'll sign with the Red Wings next summer and no Leafs story will ever be associated with him again.

I've been a Detroit fan for over 50 years and they've never done anything that stupid.

Although, picking up Bustavson was taking out Burkie's garbage it never hurt the Wings.

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July 17, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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This makes a little sense. 1967 was a long time ago.

I think it makes very little sense. I'll tell you why
A great deal of sports is about tradition Some teams have more than others, for some teams, it's a thread to hang onto. Teams, especially older trams, also bind families and even communities together. Heck, people in Brooklyn still talk about the Dodgers...and they left in 57. So for a team that has such a storied past and not a whole lot of recent successes to keep those memories alive isn't an awful thing. The Yankeesn live off it, and they have done well in living memory. The Habs, and countless European football teams live off it, even have the age in their names. So tradition is a good thing...though let me also add that they (all teams) also need to have reason to cheer now....not just on olde-timers day

July 17, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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I think it makes very little sense. I'll tell you whyA great deal of sports is about tradition Some teams have more than others, for some teams, it's a thread to hang onto. Teams, especially older trams, also bind families and even communities together. Heck, people in Brooklyn still talk about the Dodgers...and they left in 57. So for a team that has such a storied past and not a whole lot of recent successes to keep those memories alive isn't an awful thing. The Yankeesn live off it, and they have done well in living memory. The Habs, and countless European football teams live off it, even have the age in their names. So tradition is a good thing...though let me also add that they (all teams) also need to have reason to cheer now....not just on olde-timers day

I think you've just explained Ed Snider's philosophy on hiring for the Flyers front office.

 
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