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Leafs Raise Ticket Prices

from the Toronto Sun,

An across the board hike of roughly 5% has been approved by the board of directors of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. after a two-year freeze coming out of the lockout. Prices for 2007-08 will range from $37 to $182 for season-ticket holders, slightly more for the few thousand seats that are on public sale.
“We’ve spent a good deal more off the ice since last year,” said Richard Peddie, president and CEO of MLSEL. “We have expanded our coaching staff, there are travel costs and it has become more expensive for everything from player insurance to turning the lights on at the ACC for a game. We also have to pay 900 employees every game night.”

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The Last Cup

from the Toronto Star,

Forty years – about half a lifetime – is a long stretch by most standards, even longer if you’re a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.
It was 40 years ago today – Tuesday, May 2, 1967 – that the Leafs last hoisted the Stanley Cup.
At the time, Leafs coach Punch Imlach had a team of aging stars, eager for their fourth Cup in six years and just as eager to beat the defending champion Montreal Canadiens.

read on for a reprint of the news that night…

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Sundin’s Real Hip Problem

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Mats Sundin has a torn labrum, which is the soft tissue surrounding the joint in his hip, according to a National Hockey League source.
Surgery is one of the treatment options, but it is not required as long as he is in no discomfort. A medical source said surgeons will not recommend surgery as long as there is no pain and that the Toronto Maple Leafs captain can play with the injury.

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Conflicting Stories On Sundin Hip Problem

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Quoting an unnamed source in the medical community, the Toronto Sun reported in its Tuesday edition that Sundin needs surgery similar to the operation that all but ended former NHL sniper Alexander Mogilny’s career at age 37.
The report didn’t state which hip needs surgery.
Ferguson, contacted by TSN, disputed the accuracy of the report.
“I can assure you this is 100 per cent inaccurate,” Ferguson told TSN. “He hasn’t been examined by a doctor. This is completely false.”

read on

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Mats Sundin’s future in Toronto—and his future as a National Hockey League player—suddenly is in question after it was learned yesterday that the Maple Leafs captain requires hip surgery.
According to a source in the medical community, Sundin needs surgery almost immediately to repair a hip problem, complicating his still-to-be determined contractual status with the Leafs.

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Toronto Not Alone

From Steve Simmons via Slam! Sports,

The Maple Leafs’ championship drought is often overblown in both perspective and in reality.
Yes, 40 years have elapsed since the Leafs won a Stanley Cup, but no, on a broader scale of professional sporting achievement, that’s not exactly monumental.
At least the Leafs have championships, although all were produced in a six-team league.

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Leafs Nation Mailbag

More from Damien Cox today on The Spin,

Q: Damien; I enjoy your insight into the game and share many of your views. I have never subscribed to the view that Leaf fans would not stand for a complete over haul of the club. An overhaul that would leave the club in a non competitive position for a period of time, perhaps with the playoffs being a distant dream for another couple of seasons. Do you think that the Board will give, or should give JFJ, should he be retained, the latitude to blow up this ship and rebuild from the bottom up? I for one would welcome it.
Jeff Ostic, Fergus, Ont.

A: You’re not the only one, that’s for sure. The “blow up the Leafs” support group may be larger than the Green Party these days.

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JFJ Appears Safe In Toronto

from the National Post,

The embattled Leafs GM, whose team has yet to make the playoffs in the post-lockout era, and whose future within the organization has been the subject of much speculation since the NHL regular season concluded last weekend, received a cautious endorsement from his boss yesterday afternoon.
“As long as myself and the board are convinced that John can get us a championship, he’s got a job,” Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment president Richard Peddie said. “We still have to go through the assessment. I still want to see his plan. But John has got my support at this time.”

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Sundin Contract Status

from David Shoalts at the Globe and Mail,

Mats Sundin should have a new contract by June 15, according to Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson.
And Ferguson expects to keep his job long enough to award many more contracts in future National Hockey League seasons.
“I plan to be here for a long time and will operate in that fashion,” Ferguson said Tuesday afternoon in answer to speculation his bosses at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment might fire him after the Maple Leafs missed the NHL playoffs by one point for the second consecutive year.

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Islanders Make the Playoffs

The New York Islanders win in a shootout over New Jersey, landing the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference on the last day of the season. More later. (The Leafs Lunch show on AM640 radio should be quite entertaining Monday, wouldn’t you say?)  smile

Update 6:57pm EDT:
From TSN,

The win triggered a wild on-ice celebration by the Islanders who were seemingly out of the Stanley Cup hunt one week ago. They regrouped in front of third-string goalie Wade Dubielewicz to edge out the Toronto Maple Leafs for the last playoff berth to be decided on the final day of the regular season.
Toronto finished its season Saturday night with a 6-5 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The Maple Leafs had 91 points, one more than the Islanders.
The Islanders mission was simple: win, and they were in the playoffs and would face the top-seeded Buffalo Sabres.

more…

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Brodeur Fans In Toronto

Via the Toronto Sun,

Mats Sundin has watched Martin Brodeur eliminate his Maple Leafs from the playoffs on two different occasions this decade. Now, he is hoping the all-star goaltender of the New Jersey Devils can actually help the Leafs squeeze into the post-season. Sundin's Leafs need a Devils victory over the New York Islanders this afternoon in order for Toronto to lock up a spot in the Stanley Cup.
Continue reading And more from the New York Post,
The Devils have won the last six meetings with the Isles this season, but if the Islanders win today, they'll leapfrog the Leafs and capture the final berth. Lamoriello said he'd rest players if he deems that best for his team, whether or not the verdict mattered to other teams. "My responsibility is to do whatever is right to get our team ready for the playoffs," Lamoriello said. "Anything else should not even enter into what we're doing."

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