This one's for all of my fellow Leafs fans. Chances are highly likely that you're familiar with Steve "Dangle" Glynn. If not, don't fret and prepare to fall in love. He has a popular YouTube channel, goofy hockey podcast, and works at Sportsnet. Social media and interaction are his thing.
I had the pleasure of chatting with him over the summer about the Leafs' past, present and future as well as his book "This Team Is Ruining My Life (but I Love Them): How I Became A Professional Hockey Fan". You can grab that here. Check out the Q&A below:
How did you feel about the Leafs’ performance against Boston in the playoffs last season?
The Leafs’ performance against the Bruins their series, overall, was great. That made their performances in Game 6 and Game 7 even more confusing and disappointing. This is easily the most disappointing of their three recent playoff losses to Boston. In 2013 they shouldn’t have even made the playoffs and in 2018 they were trying for a miracle comeback yet again. This year? They had them. Twice. Seeing where Boston is now doesn’t make me feel better about the Leafs’ performance, it makes it feel like a blown opportunity.
What changes need to be made so that we can finally have that highly talked about Stanley Cup parade?
The Leafs need to coordinate from the front office down, which I’m not convinced they do. Give Matthews his setup man (Nylander) back. Get a decent right-handed D who can move the puck. Get a backup goalie you trust. That sounds like a lot but I’m really talking about adding like two or three guys, not even stars, and playing your best players with your other best players. If they do that, they have a shot.
Did you learn anything new about yourself and your love for this team while writing your book?
I definitely learned more about myself than the team. I spend lots of time reflecting about the Leafs but probably not enough time reflecting on my own life. The book forced me to do that. I let go of a lot of resentment. There were some people who I resented a bit because I misinterpreted their guidance when I was younger, and when I realized that, I resented myself. Not I can look back on it all and take it for what it is: Part if the journey. It’s also amazing how much easier it is to remember things when you write them down.