Toronto Maple Leafs


24/7 Leafs Thanks to Winter Classic

leafsIt's sure sounding like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wing will play in next season's Winter Classic. ESPN says they'll play at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Of course, as a participant in the Winter Classic, the Leafs will also be featured on HBO's 24/7.

That's what has me most excited. I love 24/7, and I can't wait to see my favourite team profiled. This will be awesome.

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And yes, I'm aware our 4-game winning streak only became possible when I fled the country for a bit. I'm back now, so if we lose tonight in Buffalo, I'll admit that I've been single handedly holding us back my entire lifetime.

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Habs Hatred Goes international

LeafsHatred for the Montreal Canadiens isn't just a Canadian thing, it's spread all the way to Germany. I saw this poster during my walk in Berlin yesterday.

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I'll translate that for you. It reads "Habs are Icky".

Icky indeed....

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How to Stop the Slide

leafsStopping the slide is easy. The Leafs just have to sign this kid.

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Don't Panic.... Yet

don't panicYes, the Leafs have lost three in a row. We're on a 2-5-2 slide, one that feels awfully familiar at this time of year. But last I checked we were still holding down a playoff spot, and I last checked 2 minutes ago.

So don't hit the panic button yet. Don't do it. Reimer played a strong game and we did come back in the third to force OT.

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We'll be fine. Trust me.

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Leafs Sold to Rogers and Bell, No Longer Pension Plan Puppets

leafsSo this just happened...

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has sold its 79.53 per cent stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to Rogers Communications and BCE for more than $1.2 billion. BCE is fancy talk for Bell. That's right, Bell and Rogers now each own 37.5% of MLSE, which owns, among other things, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Raptors, TFC and the Toronto Marlies.

A couple of thoughts immediately spring to mind... These partnerships between Rogers and Bell make me very nervous. We need them to hate each other, right? It can't be good for the competitive landscape, for those of us who need Internet access and mobile talk and data plans and cable tv, when these telecom behemoths keep jumping into bed together.

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And what will become of Pension Plan Puppets, the go-to Leafs blog in these parts? I hope they keep the name for tradition, the way we secular folks still call this Santa holiday Christmas.

But what matters most, of course, is will this help my Leafs win the cup? Since we've already given Brian Burke autonomy and let him spend the cap, I'm thinking it won't make a difference. At least it won't hurt...

What do you guys think of the sale of MLSE?

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NHL Realignment

nhlThe NHL governors have approved a new four-conference format. The four conferences will be:

Conference A: Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose, Vancouver

Conference B: Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg

Conference C: Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Toronto

Conference D: Carolina, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington

The playoffs would see 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 in each conference, and then I'm guessing they'll re-seed for subsequent rounds.

This realignment requires NHLPA approval before it can be officially implemented. I'm okay with it, what about you guys?

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Two Questions About Last Night's Game

leafsI was at the Leafs game yesterday, and I have two brief questions.

Question 1:
Prior to the singing of the national anthems, I saw the ACC staff carry the rolled up massive Canadian flag so the fans could hold it over their heads and pass it along. I saw this done on opening night, and it was spectacular. Only on this night, they changed their minds and never opened up the flag.

My question is, did they decide too few fans were in their seats for this to work? Somebody called it off, and I'm just wondering why.

Question 2:
I was in the 300 section, so I could see televisions duplicating what's shown on the main scoreboard. These televisions showed the score heading into overtime as "Away Team: 2" and "Home Team: 2".

In this day and age, was there really no way to customize that any further? At the very least, they know the home team will always be the Leafs. Why must these televisions display Away Team and Home Team?

Just wondering. Here's a picture I took on opening night of the aforementioned flag carry. It's pretty awesome to watch.

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When I Enter the HHOF...

nhlWhen I Enter the Hockey Hall of Fame, I'm going to show up a little unshaven and wearing my favourite leather jacket, just like Eddie Belfour.

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Similar to the way I accepted my Gemini award.

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This Just Happened #leafsarethebest

nhlThe Leafs beat the Blue Jackets 4-1 tonight. That's when this happened.

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That's right, our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs are currently sitting in first place overall. 30 teams in the league, only one leader. Jinx, schminx.

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Leafs 2nd in NHL Eastern Conference

leafsBefore I forget...

I wanted to point out that the Toronto Maple Leafs are currently in 2nd place in the NHL Eastern Conference. And those 1st place Penguins have played 3 more games than we have.

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That is all. Carry on.

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