Shanahan hints at extended rebuild: 'There are no shortcuts to building a team the right way'

Thomas Drance
March 03 2015 07:04PM

Does the rabid Toronto hockey market have the patience to endure a long Toronto Maple Leafs rebuild?

It would seem that we're about to find out. In a letter that will be delivered on Wednesday and is addressed to Maple Leafs season ticket holders, Maple Leafs president of hockey operations vowed not to raise ticket prices for next season. He also suggested that road back to contention, or respectability at least, will be a long and arduous one.

"There are no shortcuts to building a team the right way," Shanahan says in the letter. "It will require patience and a long-term view, but it is important for you to know that the process will be well worth it when we get there."

There are no shortcuts in a rebuild? What did Shanahan miss the part where his club got out of jail free on David Clarkson's contracts? In all seriousness, read past the jump.

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TLN Mailbag: The Day After

Jeff Veillette
March 03 2015 05:59PM


We figured that there was no point in doing this mailbag before the clock hit zero yesterday, so instead, we let the dust settle a bit. Now that that's done, let's just jump straight into it! If you have a question for next week, leave it in the comments or tweet either myself or @TLNdc.

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Lawyers representing Phaneuf, Cuthbert and Lupul threaten to sue TSN over inflammatory tweet

Thomas Drance
March 03 2015 03:48PM

Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf, and Elisa Cuthbert have hired legal representation and are seeking 'significant damages' and a formal apology from TSN for a tweet that the sports network aired during their Trade Deadline coverage on Monday. Overall it was a tough day for TSN, really

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Mar 3, 2015 - Tradez

Steve Dangle
March 03 2015 02:18PM


In this episode, we talk about the Trade Deadline, Leafs, how screwed the Oilers are, and tweets on TV.

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LGD: Tankin' Away In Margaritaville

Jon Steitzer
March 03 2015 01:00PM

You mean the season didn’t end at the trade deadline? There are still 19 games to play? There’s one tonight?

You know the drill, it’s a Tuesday night game against Florida so you can rest easy Tank Nation, the loss should be automatic.

The Tim Erixon era will be starting tonight, but it looks like Eric Brewer and Joakim Lindstrom as of now have gone unclaimed on the baggage carousel and won’t be in the lineup until Thursday. So sit back, relax, and wonder how the NHL managed to schedule a 10 game night with only one compelling matchup that isn’t even on until this game is over.

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