Finally after a horrific start to the season some heads are starting to roll at MLSE. Unfortunately for most Leaf fans Jason Blake’s head isn’t being chopped from the active roster yet (please Burkie that’s all I want for Christmas, really I was a decent kid this year, I promise) The unfortunate party turns out to be the only non minus member of the team. The Toronto Maple Leafs will retire (can you say buy out package?) mascot Carlton the Bear in mid-December, ending two decades of silent service.
The ubiquitous white bear with the No. 60 jersey was hired back in the 1990s when Cliff Fletcher took over the team. The name and number of Carlton derived from the street address of the old Maple Leaf Gardens.
General Manager Brian Burke is leaving no stone unturned as he continues to try to makeover the Leafs. Now that Carlton is going to join likes of BJ Birdy and Youppi (at least the Expos version) in the Mascot retirment community, I’d feel a little uneasy about my job status if I were the Raptor. Perhaps Brian Colangelo will follow suit and dispose of the Raptor due to the drubbing the Raptors went through the other night in Charlotte.
Maybe the Raptor would be wise to put a few extra bucks in a high growth rainy day fund or better yet start a Mascot’s union. Thoughts?