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from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,
Kessel will turn 27 in October, while Kane hits 26 in November. Which player would you consider a bigger gift to your team?
The case for Kane: In addition to his sublime skills, Kane loves the spotlight. The guy is a star, pure and simple, a fact exemplified by his Cup-winning goal in 2010 and his Conn Smythe performance in 2013. On the ice, his playmaking and vision are what really set Kane apart. Just seven NHLers have registered more total assists than Kane since he entered the league in 2007–08 and only three of those players—Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Marty St. Louis—also have more goals. The Buffalo native may possess the softest hands on earth and when you combine that with the audacity to attempt ridiculous plays, you get things like his shootout winner against poor Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild. A born showman with talent to match; sometimes Kane makes it seem like things just aren’t fair.
The case for Kessel: It really starts during the 2011–12 campaign, when Kessel became the point-per-game player he’s been for the past three seasons. He also hasn’t missed a game since the beginning of the 2009–10 season, his first year with Toronto. That ability to avoid injury contributes to Kessel’s standing as one of the surest things in the league. With the Leafs the past few years, you’ve really never known what might happen from one moment to the next. But the one thing you could count on was Kessel showing up to the rink, skating really fast down the right side of the ice and firing deadly wrist shots to all parts of the net. In the past three seasons, the list of guys who’ve scored more total goals than “Phil the Thrill” is limited to Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos and Corey Perry....
Tim Leiweke is stepping down as President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment as of June 30, 2015.
Larry Tanenbaum Chairman of MLSE announced today that Leiweke informed the board he will continue as of that date or until a new successor is found.
"Under Tim's leadership, MLSE has made a number of key moves to strengthen our organization on the path to championship success," said Mr. Tanenbaum. "We look forward to working closely with Tim to build on this foundation and further accelerate our momentum as we seek a new leader for MLSE."
This comes on the heals of...
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC on Tuesday,
The fairest thing to do is begin with the denial.
Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, denied my report that he would soon step down from his current job in search of his next challenge.
"Not true," he wrote via email. "Not here forever, but very focused and very committed for the season at hand. Not thinking about long-term yet."
from the Toronto Maple Leafs,
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced the appointment of Brandon Pridham today as the assistant to the general manager, David Nonis. In his new role, Pridham will assist with salary cap analysis, contract negotiations and collective bargaining agreement interpretation for the team.
Pridham joins the club from the National Hockey League where he most recently served as Senior Director, Central Registry and Senior Advisor, Central Scouting.
“For fifteen years, Brandon has played an integral role in the central scouting and central registry departments for the NHL,” said David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs. “His intimate knowledge of the complexities of the salary cap system and strong relationships around the league will serve our team well.”
via Elliotte Friedman tweets,
Hearing MLSE president/CEO Tim Leiweke will be leaving the company soon.
Not sure of where he's going, but hearing the reason is he is looking for a new challenge.
from the Toronto Maple Leafs,
David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday the hockey club has signed 2014 first-round draft pick forward William Nylander to a three-year entry level contract. Nylander was selected by Toronto eighth overall at the NHL Entry Draft in June.
“Not only does William Nylander bring a high level of speed and skill to his game but he has a very strong character on and off the ice,” said Nonis. “We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract.”
Fifty-one days and counting until the Toronto Maple Leafs hit the ice for the 2014-15 season, and Sportsnet and Rogers are giving fans more games and access to their beloved team with 56 games on television and 41 games on radio on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. The action gets underway onSportsnet and Sportsnet 590 The FAN at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 8 – opening night of the NHL regular season – with the Maple Leafs hosting the Montreal Canadiens. (See full broadcast schedule below).
On TV – Regional
Sportsnet’s regional television broadcast schedule kicks off on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet Ontario as the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Detroit Red Wings.
All 16 regional Maple Leafs television broadcasts will air on Sportsnet Ontario. Veteran broadcaster Paul Romanuk makes his Sportsnet debut, calling play-by-play for all of the Toronto regional broadcasts alongside analyst Greg Millen.
continued including some of the pre and post game shows...
added 3:53pm, from Bell Media,
TSN is set to deliver more Toronto Maple Leafs games than ever before, as the network broadcasts 26 Leafs games in 2014-15, up from 17 Leafs games last season. TSN’s package of 26 Leafs games will air on TSN4 – part of TSN’s new expanded lineup of five national feeds branded TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5 that debut on Monday, August 25.
To access Leafs games on TSN4, fans must live in the Leafs’ designated broadcast region. TSN subscribers with participating television service providers in the Leafs’ broadcast region will receive TSN4.
via the Toronto Star,
The Maple Leafs have made available “thousands” of tickets to the public for the team’s four pre-season home games.
While the number is uncommon for a franchise with a decades-long waiting list for tickets, the club targeted a large ticket offering to help make the club more accessible to fans.
According to team officials, the Leafs gave season ticket holders the opportunity to turn down some or all of the pre-season games, specifically to open up the opportunity for fans who do not normally attend games.
Some 40 per cent of the season ticket holder base turned down the tickets, resulting in about 15,000 tickets being made available for the four pre-season games.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
No matter the state of the hockey team in the Air Canada Centre, from now on there’ll be solid bench strength just outside.
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has begun construction on its long-discussed touchstone team monument. As revealed in the Toronto Sun in January, the concept will be an evolving art piece of famous players from nearly 100 years of franchise history, in various poses on a team bench in Maple Leaf Square.
A source familiar with the project says the first three players have been chosen, with details to be released Thursday morning at the chosen site, near the ACC’s West entrance. The first phase will place three life-sized statues along the bench, adding at least three more per year to a maximum of 10 or 11, leading to the club’s 100th anniversary in 2017-18.
from Don Fennell of the Richmond Review,
Mike Santorelli appears antsy.
During a drill with a small group of fellow pros Wednesday at the Richmond Ice Centre, it seems clear he’s over the injury that cut short last season’s promising campaign with his hometown Vancouver Canucks. But having recently signed a one-year contract to resume his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the 28-year-old centre has to prove himself again.
“The game is so competitive you’ve always got to prove yourself. And you’ve always got to get better because there’s always someone who want to take your job,” he said following an intense hour-long workout under the guidance of renowned Vancouver Hockey School instructor Derek Popke....
“It’s like a job actually,” said Santorelli. “Some people think you just have the off-seasons to just enjoy, but we’re all coming out here looking to become stronger and faster. I usually start my off-season training in early July, but this year I started a bit earlier just because I got hurt and wanted to get back in shape. The game is about read and react and you’ve got to be sharp because everything is decided in seconds. It’s also a fast, high-tempo game now and you’ve got to be able to skate or you’re going to be in trouble.”
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