I've been here a long time.
The process has to be conducted a little more properly.
Trevor and Ted have worked hard on this but they were part of the team that cancelled the season, too. It's not up to those guys to make decisions. It's up to us 700 guys. I think that's where the frustration sets in with everybody.
I think with the lawyers that are being hired, things will take care of itself, ... There will be a search put on to find who Bob's replacement is and that's the way it should have been done in the first place.
I don't think it's that we don't want Ted Saskin, I think just the way the whole process was conducted everybody isn't too happy with.
My opinion is that a whole new (executive) committee has to be selected. (One) that hires a professional search team (to find a replacement for Goodenow) and go from there. And Ted can put his name in the hat. This is not about Ted Saskin. It is about doing things properly and 700 guys being happy at the end of the day.
Everything has to be out in the open now and we have to get this solved.
I spoke to Rob Blake , Chris Pronger , Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan last night, I think we all had the same issues about the process. Our whole point was that things weren't done right.
I'm sure Ted will be the guy, ... I have no doubt he'll be the guy. But I don't know why it had to take a few guys being upset (to do it right).
I was born into business through my father. I was one of those kids who always wanted to be around his father when he was working. I used to be a fly on the wall when my dad went around. He had plazas, laundromats, that kind of thing. Just not to the extent that I'm doing it.
I'm fairly diversified. I put people together. Real estate. Hotels ... I'm all over the map.
I was a sports junkie growing up ... my favourite athlete all-time is John McEnroe.
Let me fight your toughest guy; if I win I get a spot on your team.
The offer still stands.
When you're in the hockey hotbed ... everyone is entitled to their opinion. What bothers me is when it's based on wrong information.
Maybe he's a little jealous. But I was the guy who had respect for him until he started all this BS about me. He's on the radio for a reason. He doesn't know what's going on in the dressing room ... he's just guessing and that's what bothers me.
Early in my career when we went to golf tournaments and charity dinners I noticed businessmen and executives would give the players their cards. Well, they're giving you their cards for a reason. I said to my wife, 'All the guys get these cards and then when they get to the parking lot they rip them up or throw them away. It's really weird.' My wife ... said maybe you should just sign a picture and mail it to them. You know, 'Great playing golf with you,' or whatever. So, I did and lo and behold some of those guys I sent pictures to way back then are now CEOs at big companies.
[Every year the Maple Leafs tour Sick Kids Hospital.] I don't agree with the cameras following us around, ... It's just good PR for the Toronto Maple Leafs. You know, the kids love it, but the players don't like the cameras being there. I like to make those special moments for the kids and their families and sometimes you just can't do that when the cameras are around.
I met him through mutual friends. Brilliant. I learn a lot just listening to him.
[After the game, standing in the hallway at Madison Square Garden is Mario with a half-dozen of his teammates.] I called over, ... and got us in; and that's how it started.
It's a sad day for hockey, he's one of the greatest players ever. And probably the best teammate ever.
I was tougher when I was younger so when they tried to get met I threatened everybody.
I was a fan of (shootouts) before, but after being on the losing side of it twice, it's pretty disappointing.
You try to keep on an even keel, which can be tough to do in this market.
It was a crazy game.