September 05 2012 10:44AM
All of a sudden, we feel the need to drop teams from the NHL roster. Michael Grange suggested four, but in the interest of balance, let's drop six, for two 12-team conferences. Right now, the teams are spread out, few are shown on television, and the NHL cannot obviously compete financially in the United States with a league similarly sized to the NFL and MLB.
But this leads me to a question, one that I'm determined to answer before the next round of contraction or relocation:
If it were in the best interests of the National Hockey League to have fewer teams, why wouldn't there already be fewer teams?
September 05 2012 04:58AM
In a previous post, I talked a little about the Leafs' plans in the summer of 2013, and how Burke is likely looking ahead to then for major bolstering of the team. Potentially, with some big additions available to bid on, and a new set of rules under which to do so.
September 04 2012 05:41PM
You're an NHL fan. You spend your hard-earned money every year going to games. You buy merchandise. You subscribe to Centre Ice. You've been through one, maybe two lockouts, and even a strike if you're really old. And now they're threatening to make you go through yet another lockout.
This makes you mad.
So mad, in fact, that you're willing to take action and show the world just how angry you are. And maybe, just maybe, your action combined with the actions of thousands of other outraged fans might even have an impact and a lockout will be avoided or at least shortened.
Well, you have every right to be outraged. But make no mistake, the angrier you get and the more you show it, the more you ensure the lockout goes on.
September 04 2012 01:08PM
As our friend Bruce Arthur points out,
Anselmi's primary sports responsibility under the old regime, of course, was Toronto FC.— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) September 4, 2012
I solicited an opinion about the Rogers-Bell purchase of MLSE and what it means for the clubs going forward while out for drinks a couple of weeks ago. A cautiously optimistic baseball fan (not the Blue Jays) suggested to me that Rogers had a good track record in hiring younger, more creative minds such as J.P. Ricciardi or Alex Anthopolous to run the Blue Jays.
And, well then we get this. The major MLSE teams last season, the Raptors, FC and Leafs, won 64 games and lost 103. For some reason, MLSE thinks that shuffling the deck that doesn't have any face cards rather than purchase a new deck is the key to sporting success.
September 04 2012 05:17AM
Welcome to the front pages of the sports sections of the Toronto Star (above) and the Globe and Mail (below). Other newspapers and websites had more discretion, at least confining the news to the entertainment and arts pages.
I do want to address this specific point, mind you:
— theScoreTicker (@theScoreTicker) September 3, 2012
#Leafs Dion Phaneuf is now engaged to Elisha Cuthbert. Prior to dating, he recorded 0.65 PPG. Since dating...0.49 PPG