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
September 03 2012 10:48AM
I wrote a post over at Canucks Army last week that looked at the Canucks' best and worst contracts, the idea being that when the salary cap is rolled back at the start of next hockey season, whenever that is, we can pick and choose which players ought to stay and ought to go if there's an amnesty period.
Thankfully, I can do all your thinking for you here at the Leafs Nation. The Leafs have a little under $63M committed in salary cap payroll for the 2012-13 season, and the belief is that the cap should be dragged down to the high 50s, low 60s for the next few years.
Which contracts are a priority to be shipped out?
September 02 2012 10:53AM
This may be an extended offseason, so to break up the time, some of the writers on TLN are exchanging emails to each other, discussing the Toronto Maple Leafs and NHL hockey as whole. Today's topic is Jordan Eberle, who has signed a six-year, $36MM extension and has divided the hockey world into camps that believe Eberle is a superstar, and those that believe his high point totals from last season hinged on luck.
From: Cam Charron
To: Gus Katsaros, JP Nikota
Subj: Jordan Eberle
I wonder how long it will be until boxcar statistics like goals and assists stop being the prime measure for player performance. With so much variation year-to-year, there's no way that's indicative of the true talent of a hockey player.
Take a guy like Nik Kulemin from last season. As far as a Leafs player in the top-six goes, he's big and strong and fast and possesses these remarkable traits, kept the puck out of his own end, was strong in the neutral zone and was virtually everything Toronto expects out of one of their wingers.