Maple Leafs goaltender and race horse enthusiast Curtis Joseph was asked by an Ottawa scribe yesterday if it was true he had named one of his horses Down Goes McGeough, after former NHL referee Mick McGeough.
"No. That's like the Shania Twain rumour, it's not true," Joseph said.
There had been rumours that Joseph had been seeing the country singing star and fellow Ontarian Twain who, like Joseph, recently became a free agent in the e-Harmony sense of the word.
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Ottawa centre Ryan Shannon went to the Leafs' hotel on Friday to meet Jaime Sifers, his good friend and former teammate at the Taft School in Watertown, Conn. for lunch. Unfortunately, the reunion had to be put on hold as Sifers, a rookie defenceman for the Leafs, had just been sent back down to the AHL Toronto Marlies. Sifers will be the best man at Shannon's wedding this summer.
Leafs coach Ron Wilson had kind words for Jim Gregory, a former Leafs GM and now the NHL's VP of hockey operations who sufferd a heart attack on Thursday and is intensive care in a Toronto hospital. Wilson played in Toronto under Gregory during the 1977-78 season.
"I'm a long-time friend and I owe a lot to Jim Gregory," Wilson said. "We all hope he'll be able to pull through this."
Maple Leafs centre Dominic Moore said talks are ongoing between his agent and Leafs GM Brian Burke. The Leafs are hoping to sign Moore, who is having a breakout year with 12 goals and 29 assists, to a contract extension as the Toronto-raised forward becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.
"We've been talking, but there's no news right now," Moore said. "It would be nice to stay, but we have to see if there's something we can do that's fair and beneficial to both the team and myself."
Moore said he loves playing in the limelight that is Toronto.
"It's certainly not for everyone. There's a lot of guys who don't like that, who don't excel under that pressure," he said. "I grew up in Toronto, so I know what to expect. I enjoy being in a place where people care so much."