Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/22/05 at 11:35 PM ET
The Toronto Maple Leafs were a money-making machine way before the NHL battled the union in search of 'cost certainty.' So wasting an entire season to a labour dispute was a tough pill to swallow. And Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, admitted Friday he wasn't always on side with the league's game plan. "It was reported that we were sometimes a dissenting voice," said Tanenbaum. "That is true." And he made no apologies for it. The Leafs, in his opinion, reserve the right to voice their opinions. "We are the No. 1 franchise in the NHL," Tanenbaum said. "As far as I'm concerned we will always continue to be the No. 1 franchise in the NHL. We acted when we had these discussions with our colleagues at the governors meetings. "We're acting very much in the interests of the No. 1 team, the one that has priority for us, the Toronto Maple Leafs. We have no regret about it."
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