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Money-Making Leafs

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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Internal financial statements show MLSE generated profit of $83 million on revenue of $383 million in the year ended June 30. The internal documents also show the company forecasts a profit of $105 million by 2011 on revenue of $477 million. Over the same period, ticket revenue is expected to increase 30 per cent, to $166 million.

The documents also reveal that, for every dollar Maple Leaf Sports generated in fiscal 2007, 21.8 cents was profit. (By contrast, Royal Bank of Canada, the country’s largest bank, reportedly had a profit margin of 13.3 per cent for its last fiscal year.)

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Hockey Dumb In Denver

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Update below: there is a poll at the bottom of this post, and the results are shocking. 

This is about a week old. You may have seen it.  I had not.  It made me happy and hopefully it has the same effect on you.

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  Tags: genius+a2y+readers, transvestite+avalanche+fans

Start Counting Shootout Goals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,

After proving through two full seasons to be arguably the most compelling part of the regular season, it’s time to talk about taking the training wheels off the shootout. Old-schoolers arguments to the contrary, it’s not just a skills exhibition. And it’s not a sideshow. This puppy ain’t going back to the pound. It’s time to start treating it like part of the family.

And that means recognizing the shootout winner as a legitimate goal in the stat column.

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Proof Positive

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Stu Nahan, in the second round of the second Balboa/Creed fight, said, “...and I thought Balboa took a beating the first time these two fought but this is a butchering.  That’s what it is, plain old butchering.” Rocky, of course, eventually wore the Master of Disaster down, waited until the 13th to break a few more of his ribs, then miraculously rose to his feet as the Spectrum crowd sobbed in joy.  It was, as Rocky would tell you, the greatest moment of his life—with the exception of his kid being born.

Last night was, as Stu would tell you, a butchering from start to finish.  Every facet. Every shift. San Jose can go 65 and 5 the rest of the way, but they’re not beating Detroit in a playoff series.  Not after last May and not after last night.

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  Tags: appollo+creed, babcock, chelios, datsyuk, filppula, hasek, holland, holmstrom, joe+thornton, lilja, mbcqotd, osgood, rocky+balboa, stu+nahan, zetterberg

Grigorenko:  Back to Russia

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Not sure if his dirtbag agent Mark Lapush is headed with him, but Igor Grigorenko’s days in the United States—and as a member of the Organ-I-zation—have drawn to a disappointing close.  According to the anti-digger, Bruce MacLeod, it was eventually the Hasek hip “irritation” that forced the decision.  When the Wings brought up Howard, someone had to go and Uncle Mike’s too pleased with Ellis or Downey to send them down. 

What an ironic lesson for Grigorenko, if you think about it.  Two gritty scrappers work their tails off to stay on the team and you’re headed home because you don’t have the ethic to compete on a consistent basis.

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Boogaard Feels “Branded”

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The truth? Lemaire doesn’t play Boogaard because of a lack of confidence, not in Boogaard but in referees. Lemaire feels some refs have branded Boogaard a dirty player and focus only on the 6-7 giant when he’s on the ice….

“It’s frustrating. It’s been following me ever since I’ve been junior, you know?” Boogaard said. “I’m trying to play. ... I’m not out there to hurt people or try to start stuff.

“I can talk ‘til I’m blue in the face. It’s not changing. It’s too bad. They don’t want bigger, physical players in the league.”

Asked how this could change, he said: “I guess I have to get 50 goals a year. ... Maybe they want me to snap and go rip someone’s head off, I don’t know.”

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Facebook Imposters

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from CBC,

Ottawa Senators forward Mike Fisher says he discovered through friends that someone on Facebook — a website where people set up profiles and exchange messages and photos — was posing as him.

“You know, they were e-mailing people, saying they were me and it wasn’t,” Fisher said….

A number of other NHL players have also complained that people are subbing for them on Facebook. Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has several sites as do other players including Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla and Flames forward Alex Tanguay..

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More Visors

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

For the eighth straight year, visor use by NHL players has risen from the previous season – and now stands at a full 50 per cent of the league – according to a new survey compiled by The Hockey News….

When The Hockey News first began tracking visor usage during the NHL’s 1998-99 campaign, only 15 per cent of players shielded their eyes. By 2001-02, that number had increased to 28 per cent (191 players), and by 2005-06, 38 per cent (244 players) were wearing visors.

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Burke Has No Plans To Speak With Lowe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the OC Register,

So what is likely to happen if Burke and Lowe cross paths Sunday in the press box?

“I assume we will,” Burke said. “His booth is right next to mine. I sit down. He sits down. And the puck drops.”

By his account, Burke “always” stops by the visiting general manager’s quarters to at least exchange pleasantries.

Sunday night?

“Not a chance,” he said.

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  Tags: brian+burke, kevin+lowe

Lecavalier Dropping Gloves More Often

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

From TSN’s Darren Dreger,

Vincent Lecavalier is making a case that he’s the NHL’s new version of the “total package.”

On Wednesday, the 2006-07 Rocket Richard Trophy winner was riled by an elbow to the head from Washington’s Shaone Morrisonn.

Lecavalier pursued Morrisonn into the corner and initiated a fight, something Maurice Richard had absolutely no problem doing back in his day as well.

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