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Newly acquired Toronto Maple Leaf Mark Bell is headed to jail, Sportsnet has learned.
Bell pleaded guilty in a San Jose courtroom Tuesday to charges of drunk driving causing injury and hit and run.
The Leaf forward, picked up in the Vesa Toskala trade with San Jose in June, will be sentenced to six months in a Santa Clara ,California county jail to be served at the end of this upcoming season.
Official sentencing will be in October.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
We interrupt this column for a breaking news story:
Leafs skate! Leafs skate! Leafs skate!
Let’s go live to our reporter at the suburban arena where the Toronto Maple Leafs are staging an informal practice one month before the official opening of NHL training camps.
Reporter: “I am here at the Lakeshore Lions Arena, where the Toronto Maple Leafs are staging an informal practice.”
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Andrew Raycroft spent his honeymoon in Tahiti, knowing he’d have to one day come back and patch up his marriage with Maple Leafs management and fans.
That task began in earnest yesterday at Lakeshore Lions Arena where the goaltender joined the first team workouts of the year, informal practices ahead of next month’s official training camp for 2007-08….
You don’t hear a lot about hockey in Tahiti,” said Raycroft, who married Erin in her native Boston in July and claimed to have steered clear of the sports pages since.
“All I can say is that I had good conversations with (general manager) John Ferguson and (coach) Paul Maurice and they’ve told me we now have two good goaltenders and that’s what it’s going to be (heading into camp).
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Richard Peddie says the Toronto Maple Leafs are still looking for a senior hockey executive, but he declined to say if Scotty Bowman is a candidate.
However, the president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment said no one has been offered the position of president of the Maple Leafs. Peddie said the team is scouring the National Hockey League for candidates and will be “patient” enough to land the right person, be it a president or senior adviser to general manager John Ferguson.
The search is slow because some candidates, such as Bowman, who is a consultant to the Detroit Red Wings, are under contract.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Scotty Bowman has once again been offered the position of president of the Toronto Maple Leafs and this time is leaning toward accepting it, according to a source.
The source said Bowman was offered the job by the board of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and was given a week to make his decision. An answer is expected by Thursday or Friday and, the source said, Bowman may finally let MLSE catch him after a pursuit that began in the late spring when he spurned the company’s initial offer….
A second source said if Bowman takes the job with the Leafs, there will be a complete housecleaning. This would include Ferguson, head coach Paul Maurice and others in the hockey department, according to the source.
added 7:44am on 8/5/07, As George pointed out in the comments, TSN is reporting…
“I have not received an offer from the Leafs, and I don’t expect one either,” Bowman told TSN in an e-mail.
John Ferguson Jr. discussed the Penner deal and talked about the Leafs to this point. This was also mentioned…
from Slam Sports,
John Ferguson Jr. said there was nothing new to report in the ongoing negotiations with veteran centre Mike Peca, except that he owed Peca’s agent Don Meehan a phone call. He also admitted there was no truth to the rumours surrounding the interest expressed from other teams regarding Leafs centre Matt Stajan.
from the Toronto Star,
A huge weight has been added to the Air Canada Centre that may take a load off the backs of the building’s chief occupant, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The second of two gigantic dehumidifiers, each weighing 56,000 pounds, was lifted by an equally monstrous crane through and opening in the roof Thursday into the attic of the sports palace.
The units will be fully functional by the time the ice goes in on Sept. 9 so when the Leafs play their first pre-season game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Sept. 20, the fans should find the environment more comfortable and the players should have no reason to complain about the quality of the ice.
from the Toronto Star,
Gilmour admits there’s still a player inside him, appreciating how fast the game is. It’s something he tries not to lose sight of as a scout.
“As for watching the game different, you can kind of still put yourself in their shoes. When you sit up top, it’s an easier game,” said Gilmour.
“When you’re down low, you kind of know what’s going on, and why he made that mistake, and why he’s there.”
So where does he see his future lie: as a GM, or as a head coach?
“That’s a good question,” he said. “It’s hard to say right now. I don’t want to pinpoint which way I want to go, I don’t know.”
from Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportsline,
The first-place Buffalo Sabres lost two of their best players, and the Stanley Cup finalist Ottawa Senators fired their general manager and will have a new coach, but both teams will look a lot like this year, which should be enough to separate them from the division pack.
Early returns make Toronto look to be the best of the Northeast also-rans, which isn’t difficult since the Canadiens and the Bruins seem to be selling only hope these days.
read on for the grades of the teams in the Northeast…
from Perry Lefko at Sportsnet,
As a leader in the dressing room and on the ice, Peca is an impact player.
As a player with a storied career, he certainly qualifies.
As a premier faceoff guy, he’s among the best.
But he’s also a guy coming off a serious knee injury, the second of his career. It usually takes an athlete at least a year and quite likely two to fully recover from a major knee operation. Even though athletes are in prime condition, there are fast-twitch muscles that need to mentally learn to fire at the same pace and frequency after an operation as before.
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