Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Meet Len Barrie

"What you see is what you get. I call a spade a spade, and if you don't like it, who cares? I have lots of friends."
There was a great piece in The Globe back in late March that gives you a good idea of Barrie as a developer.

At first, people called him crazy. Now, those I talk to back home are saying they can't wait to get to Bear Mountain on their next getaway. NHLers invested in the project include Ray Whitney, Mike Sillinger, Rob Blake, Gary Roberts, Greg Adams, Joe Nieuwendyk, Matt Pettinger, Mike Vernon, Rob Niedermayer, Ryan Smyth, Scott Mellanby, Sean Burke and Trevor Kidd.

In short, Barrie's young, brash and doesn't mind taking chances.

I think you can glean a certain amount of perspective on his attitude toward NHL ownership duties from that description.

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At 10:36 a.m., June 25, 2008, Blogger Dennis Prouse said...

Now they have brought in Brian Lawton as "Vice President of Hockey Operations". Essentially, they have brought in a hockey person to whom Jay Feaster must report. I am not a lawyer, but that sure looks like constructive dismissal to me. Feaster was hired to be the senior hockey guy in Tampa -- if he is no longer the senior hockey guy there, then it strikes me that he can walk away, and be paid for the remainder of his contract.

At 5:21 a.m., August 09, 2008, Blogger steve said...

Tie Domi got into a media battle once when Barrie checked one of the Leafs players..Domi said "who's Len Barrie" I'm now asking.."who's Tie Domi"?........


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