--A shakeup of the board of directors of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, parent company of the Leafs, was on the immediate horizon as August began.
The $1.3 billion (Cdn.) sale of the sports, broadcast and real estate empire to rival media giants Bell and Rogers is closing, and that will result in the previous majority owner, the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, seeing its board members replaced.
What it means for the hockey team is that general manager Brian Burke must convince a new board and a new CEO that his questionable plan to make the Leafs a contender after four failed playoff attempts is still feasible.
Reports say the MLSE board will reduce from seven to six members. Minority owner Larry Tanenbaum and associate Dale Lastman will stay on, with Rogers and Bell naming four new members.
--Steve Staios officially joined the Leafs' management staff on July 23. The 18-year NHL defensemen had been with the Leafs since the June draft in Pittsburgh but now has the title of player development adviser.
Staios and Toronto general manager Brian Burke go back to the late 1990s Vancouver Canucks when Staios played there.
The plan is for the 39-year-old to monitor prospects, do special assignment scouting and some on-ice work with the Leafs and farm team Marlies.
--Former Toronto coaches Red Kelly and Pat Quinn will be behind the Leafs bench against the Detroit Red Wings for the Dec. 31 Alumni Showdown at Comerica Park as part of the 2012 Hockeytown Winter Festival.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Steve was a working man's player, ready to play every night, competed to the best of his ability regularly against the other team's best players and he was an exemplary teammate. Steve has tremendous character and leadership skills and he has a bright future. This position will allow him to provide insight and analysis while developing his understanding of our hockey operations." -- GM Brian Burke's statement after the Leafs hired Steve Staios.
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