When I first heard that Sportsnet 590 The Fan had hired Dean Blundell to host their new morning show, I was shocked. Then, after a few seconds of sober thought, I realized that this was a brilliant move designed to get more listeners and more sponsors to come aboard. Let's face it: If you've got a successful morning show in radio, you're on your way to big profits. And Rogers is all about making money.
If you were making 8 million dollars a year, and agreed to be interviewed and the reporter suggested you might be difficult to coach, how would you respond? Would you suggest that it was a bad question and then challenge the reporter and call him "stupid", like Phil Kessel did to Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star?
The odds are against Randy Carlyle finding another head coaching job in the NHL. There, I said it. Once you've been fired from the Maple Leafs, your career as a head coach in the NHL is over. Ask Ron Wilson, Mike Murphy, Tom Watt and Doug Carpenter if that's a fair statement. And if you don't think coaching the Leafs isn't the eventual kiss of death, consider what happened, health-wise, to some of the better Leaf coaches of the modern era.
My wife and I recently returned from a week in Mexico, where we stayed at a 5 star resort that had everything and nothing. This was my last trip to an all-inclusive resort. I don't drink enough alcohol and I don't eat enough rich food to justify it. And when it rains, I'd rather be in a Mexican jail.