Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Tim Leiweke
TORONTO, ON- JULY 15 - New MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke is interviewed by the Toronto Star's Cathal Kelly at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, July 15, 2013. Steve Russell/Toronto Star

A year and three months into his tenure and Tim Leiweke has already submitted his one season’s notice. Never stable and ever bizarre, just another day at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

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  • Mattmark

    Nothing like commitment at the top to inspire the troops.
    The new corporate message: every man for himself.

  • BoneChompski

    Mattmark It’s tough to say if Tim leaving says more about Tim or about MLSE.  MLSE is a behemoth with many masters but it also offers an opportunity for influence and glory.  Leiweke has a track record of some success but not of constancy.  Is he a good guy caught in a bad position or is he a guy who gives up on hard jobs to search for something easier and more fun?

    Tough to say and in the end we just have to watch carefully going forward and we can find some of those answers.

  • LeafsForLife

    Something is missing here. He was brought in to do a huge turnaround for MLSE and hasnt happened. Its getting there but not yet. Leaving early hints at something behind the scenes has pushed him out. 
    Disappointing really.

  • Mattmark

    BoneChompski Mattmark It’s not a question of where to lay the blame.  Read the Globe piece.

  • BoneChompski

    Mattmark BoneChompski I did read the globe piece.  Cathal Kelly is a big Tim fan and the piece reads like it.  Is he objective in his analysis?  It seems like he is a member of the Leiweke cult of personality that he speaks about.

  • Mattmark

    BoneChompski Mattmark The piece suggests to this reader that Kelly is a big fan of seeing positive things actually getting done… and there’s no reason to suppose his feelings about Leiweke one way or the other impair his ability to assess the extent to which that’s been happening during the past year, in sharp contrast to the previous couple of decades.

  • Mattmark

    Dear MLSE Board,
    A history lesson:

    “You ask for a promise without limit of time and for all conditions. I cannot give it.”

    –The reply of the Prussian king that France took as suitable
    justification for precipitating the Franco-Prussian War… thanks to
    decision-making ineptitude of MLSE-like proportions, and much to their
    own subsequent sorrow.

  • Mattmark

    “The blame game won’t help MLSE one iota. They should have done
    everything in their power to support Leiweke, and wrung every possible
    drop of expertise out of him, until he left “someday”.

    “Now, they’ve turned his earliest exit date into his certain departure
    date, and rendered the next year of his employment “lame duck”. Life is
    impermanent, MLSE…”
    –benbarclay

  • BoneChompski

    Mattmark BoneChompski That’s cool.  I like some of the stuff Tim did too.  Some of the other articles up top present a different picture than Kelly did but as I posted earlier, I don’t know who to believe and I think time will tell what actually went on here.  Tim made some improvements over previous management, there is no reason to project that the guy who replaces Tim will undo that work.

  • BoneChompski

    Mattmark That’s an interesting way to present it.  Friedman’s article indicates that MSLE, hearing from other sources that Tim was thinking of leaving, asked Tim to commit to his full contract length (5 yr) and provide assurances that he would not use his early exit clause next June.  When he wouldn’t commit to that they decided to start the search for his replacement so as not to be left without a leader when he does use the early exit clause.

  • NotSince67

    Just…. Bizzare.

  • maple1967leafs

    IMO,,The bottom line is that he has two bosses or two major companies with many bosses pulling in the direction that favors them,Working for two people with different ideas how things should be is impossible even for the great Hollywood Tim,He took the job thinking complete control was his, but that turned out not to be the case,just my opinion,

  • Tommy Cat

    The Leafs biggest deterrents to recent success has always been ownership / management and a massive fan base that will continually fill the seats etc regardless of the on ice product.  This looks to be more of the same.  Our only hope is that the suits leave Shanny alone enough to effectively manage and build the actual team.

  • Optimustic

    I won’t miss Leiweke at all.  I hope he remembers to take his pictures down before he leaves.  Let him enjoy basketball somewhere as I think it’s what he likes best anyway.

  • Burtonboy

    I tend to lean towards Freidman’s report that Tim wouldn’t commit beyond next June but we truly might never know the real facts.  If true I can fully understand the boards wish to move on and hire a new CEO ASAP. Yep the organization will miss his drive, his vision and his work ethic but at least there has been a fairly solid foundation put in place . Hopefully the “NEW GUY” will continue along the same path.

  • Burtonboy

    FYI Peter Holland will be on TSN radio in about 15 mins 

    http://www.tsn.ca/toronto/listen/

  • Burtonboy

    Holland is really high on Spotter . Great players coach

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks !

  • MaxwellHowe

    meh, with a hard salary cap, what difference does Tim Leiweke or the corporate head honchos at MLSE actually make?  Not like Shanny ever has to go to them cap in hand.

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb Morning MB

  • Mind Bomb

    MaxwellHowe I can see that Max, however, to me, this is an embarrasment, not a huge one, but another black eye for MLSE, Its hard to respect a company that opperates this way

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy Mind Bomb Morning Bro, one more week till september, then the fun starts :)

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb Burtonboy  Been a fun summer though to say the least

  • MaxwellHowe

    Keeping Carlyle is an embarassment

  • MaxwellHowe

    That the PR guy was fired…suggests to me that MLSE already is beginning to get antsy about the Leafs and their ability to generate profit.

  • Yaknowwhat

    MaxwellHowe  I agree….how many layers of management does this team need? Shanny..Nonis..Dubas….that’s enough..

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy Mind Bomb Aye man, more things happened this summer. Now we get to sit and argue about how its translating all year :)

  • Yaknowwhat

    I hoped for the best when Lieweke came aboard…but the more he spoke and the more I found out about him….I thought he was nothing more than salesman…lots of talk….doesn’t really understand anything himself….just hires others who he hopesthinks know what need to be done…Timmy was overrated…plain and simple..

  • MLHS_Luke

    Burke for CEO.

  • vinoa

    Yaknowwhat The Leafs may not need another talking head, but MLSE as a whole needs to be run by the right people. It’s a $2billion entity and needs to be run by someone with that kind of experience. At least Timmy hired the right people in his short time here.

  • Mind Bomb

    That 50 Mission cap guy is hilarious lol

  • MaxwellHowe

    Love this part on the Canucks:
    Your shittiest player: Alex Burrows. Here is a list of all the things that Alex Burrows is good at:
    Scoring goals deflected off him by the Sedins.
    Biting.
    Diving.
    Hair-pulling.
    Yapping in sometimes incomprehensible Franglais.
    Losing fights to Phil Kessel.

  • deedrag

    I was thinking, they might actually promote Shanny to prez. He must’ve rubbed elbows with a lot of people as head of the disciplinary committee. Don’t know if he can handle the job but wouldn’t surprise me if they made some move like that.

  • Mind Bomb

    MaxwellHowe Your 2013-14 season: Missed the playoffs. Well, not just missed the playoffs; missed them in a spectacular blaze of dwindling glory. This team was the unbelievable train wreck version of the Canucks that 29 other fanbases waited so long for! Highlights included: losing roughly 100 straight games in January; their coach actually trying to kill a guy between periods; giving up a third-period touchdown to the ISLANDERS; and, finally succeeding in alienating Roberto Luongo not even a year after committing to him as a long-term starter. Miley Cyrus had a better year.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    deedrag It would surprise me, that position is way more business oriented and Shanahan has zero experience in that regard from my knowledge. He’s already a rookie at running a hockey team so I would think he has more than enough on his plate.

  • Komas Taberle

    ingy56 deedrag
    Need a strong, ruthless, business guy at the helm, what’s Lord Conrad Black up to these days

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Komas Taberle ingy56 deedrag My guess is it will be a yes man instead.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    MLSE needs to replace Lieweke ASAP. Anyone who is running out the clock on a contract to move on to something else does not put their heart and soul into their work.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    The_Polish_Cannon I bet he’s gone by Christmas.

  • Loric76

    ingy56 The_Polish_Cannon joint farewell dinner for both Tim and Randy

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/thejustinfisher https://twitter.com/thejustinfisher/status/502802951107534849
    Andreas Johnson with 3 assists in Frolunda’s 4-3 loss to Geneve-Servette. https://twitter.com/hashtag/CHL?src=hash

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Loric76 ingy56 The_Polish_Cannon If it’s a joint dinner I bet Bon will be there too :)

  • Loric76

    ingy56 Loric76 The_Polish_Cannon lol vaping with Randy and Tim in his CX-5…oh wait, wrong Bon

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Mind Bomb MaxwellHowe This one is Gold. I sent it off to anyone I know who cheers for the toilets:
    Your shittiest player: Brandon Prust. He’s two tiers of shitty! One tier is that Montreal somehow pays him $2.5 million to do sweet fuck all. The other tier is that he is a whiny, yappy, cheapshotting fuck. He is literally one French surname from truly embodying the spirit of the Montreal Canadiens.

  • mcloki

    Morning Gents. I see that it’s disfunction as usual at MLSE. 

    Maybe we love them because they are so broken.

  • peterbleafs

    Liewicke was a non event to me his entire stay.  And from my point of view good riddance if he doesnt want to stick it out.

  • Mind Bomb

    mcloki Morning Bro

  • peterbleafs

    mcloki Someone posted a picture of their board of directors and all I could think, is that this is a group of really useless business folk.  To me being on the board of MLSE means you are a perpetual loser.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/yyzsportsmedia https://twitter.com/yyzsportsmedia/status/502808993014624256
    Holly Hell R some members of the Toronto Sports Media in a chicken little mood the after Leiweke, got fired/quit…. Doomsday all over agin

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/yyzsportsmedia https://twitter.com/yyzsportsmedia/status/502809270274904065
    Based upon the writings, the leafs, raptors and tfc may never win another game;