Pain is real for O'Neill

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:38 PM ET

The pain still throbs inside Jeff O'Neill.

More than a month after his brother, Don, was killed in a single-car accident, there are times when Jeff still finds himself breaking down over the loss.

"It has been tough for our family," Jeff said yesterday.

"Some days you think you are over the hump, then others, well, you start remembering.

"A lot of people have told me that you just have to remember the good times."

Don O'Neill, a former captain with the Peterborough Petes, died in an accident at the ramp of highways 401 and 407 on July 21. He was 33.

NEGATIVE VIBES

Eric Lindros was quite candid when asked about all the low expectations being placed on the Leafs for the coming season by media and fans alike.

"Who would want to buy a newspaper if everything was positive?" he said.

"If there was just one opinion, it wouldn't be an exciting story, would it?"

LOOSE LEAFS

As expected, the Marlies announced that Joe Paterson and Dallas Eakins have been named assistant coaches of the American Hockey League club ... The Maple Leafs acquired forward John Pohl from the St. Louis Blues for future considerations yesterday. Pohl, 26, has spent the past three seasons playing for Worcester, where he ranked fourth among AHL rookies in goals (26) and points (58) in 2002-03 ... Defenceman Pierre Hedin (Germany) and forward Harold Druken (Switzerland) have signed deals to play in Europe this coming season.


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