For a guy who hasn’t really done anything here in Toronto yet, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke continues to talk a big game.

Leiweke granted an interview with Bloomberg News the other day and vowed that he will double the value of MLSE within seven years and greatly enhance the appeal of the Raptors across Canada. He also added that MLSE and the Leafs have to stop living off their past glory.

“I don’t want the players walking in the hallways of the Air Canada Centre and seeing pictures from 1962. Get rid of those pictures and tell them (the players), ‘This is your legacy,’ ” he said.

Leiweke is brash and confident. And there’s nothing wrong with aiming high. But this final statement — the part about getting rid of pics of former Leafs greats and not living in the past — sounds like the words of a guy who cares little for the sporting tradition of this city.

Sure, the Leafs haven’t done a lot in recent years, but it’s still a storied franchise with a proud history. Go to the Bell Centre in Montreal, or Yankees Stadium in the Bronx, and check out the memorabilia of teams and players from yesteryear. It’s fantastic. But nobody ever seems to suggest that the Canadiens’ and Yankees’ fans are living in the past, or that pictures on the wall are somehow a detriment to the current players.

So why is that argument being made in Toronto? Because the team hasn’t won anything since 1967?

Come on. Just because the Leafs have been mired in mediocrity in recent decades doesn’t make the franchise’s past any less glorious. You just have to go back a few more years than you do with other teams. There’s nothing wrong with fans and players in T.O. celebrating past teams and players. That’s what being a loyal fan is all about.

Doing things like taking pictures of former greats off the wall at the ACC is a slap in the face to long-time fans. And contrary to what many Leiweke worshippers believe, I do not think Leafs fans live in the past any more than, say, Canadiens fans live in the past.

I love it when the Habs parade former greats such as Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur at the Bell Centre. Walk around the Bell Centre and check out all of the monuments and statues celebrating star players and teams of years gone by. It’s beautiful, and it gives Montreal fans a chance to connect with the franchise’s storied history.

So why shouldn’t Leafs fans being afforded the same opportunity?