Let’s face it. Toronto is the media capital of the hockey world. The Toronto Maple Leafs have a large national and international following. Despite 50 seasons without a Stanley Cup, their name is still magical throughout the hockey world. Members of the Toronto media, underneath their surface cynicism, definitely want the Leafs to do well and to have a roster and front office full of celebrities who their audience wants to know about on a daily basis.
On July 1, the Leafs signed John Tavares. In typical Toronto overkill, it was referred to as “the greatest free-agent signing of all-time.” Tavares was hailed as the savior of the franchise, the biggest piece in the puzzle of a Stanley Cup champion. He would become the focal point of the team and take the pressure off the young stars, especi...
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Tom Thompson spent 31 years in the NHL as a scout, Director of Scouting and Assistant General Manager. He was responsible for running 14 Entry Drafts for the Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild and also worked for the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers.