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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
The Toronto Maple Leafs want everything for their birthday.
And they’re telling the National Hockey League that they owe it to their fans to give it to them.
The team with the longest Stanley Cup drought is looking to host every other major NHL event—the All-Star Game, the NHL Draft and the Winter Classic, not to mention the anticipated 2016 World Cup of Hockey—leading up to or during the club’s 100th anniversary, to be celebrated throughout 2017.
Tim Leiweke, CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, recently told Sportsnet that the organization is in the process of bidding for all four events.
“It’s not a splash. I just think Toronto—it’s our 100th anniversary, and this is the greatest hockey city on Earth. I think we owe it to our fans. And we’re telling the league that they owe it to our fans,” Leiweke said. “They don’t disagree, but we’ve got to go through a process to win it. I think we’ll win it. I think we’ll get there. But we got to go bid on it.”
“He fought as a player, he fought for the union, he fought for the game and he (fought) for the integrity of the league. Now he comes here to fight for the Leafs. The one thing I know about Shanny is he’s going to fight for us every day.
“He may be analytical, he may be patient, he may not knee-jerk, but in that heart beats a man who is extremely committed to winning and doing whatever is necessary.”
-Tim Leiweke, President and CEO of MLSE on Brendan Shanahan, the new President of the Toronto Maple Leafs. More on Shanahan from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Tampa Bay Lightning made it clear to Ryan Callahan’s camp that they want the player past this season.
The pending UFA's agent, the veteran Steve Bartlett, told ESPN.com Tuesday that he chatted with Steve Yzerman in Buffalo over the past weekend, at which point the Bolts GM made it clear they'd like to talk extension after the season.
Yzerman, also reached Tuesday, said for now the focus is on hockey, on making the playoffs and on doing well in the playoffs. The GM will focus on Callahan’s future later.
"He’s just going to play hockey and we’ll talk when the season’s over," Yzerman told ESPN.com.
continued plus topics like John Tortorella, Andrei Markov, Jagr signing again with New Jersey and the future of Randy Carlyle and even more than that.
“With the [new] arena in Seattle, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put hockey back into the Seattle/Portland marketplace and we have to make a commitment to that. There’s a new building being built in Quebec. They are way ahead of anyone else as to considerations because we took a team from Quebec. [The Nordiques moved to Denver after the 1994-95 season.] I think we owe Quebec another shot. Seattle, Kansas City, Quebec, Las Vegas right now, are all way ahead [of Toronto]. There’s not a second team coming to Toronto in any time in the near future.”
-Tim Leiweke, MLSE president and chief executive officer, at a speech yesterday. David Shoalt of the Globe and Mail has more from Leiweke.
It’s laughable stuff for alert Toronto sports fans, who probably thought they’d experienced the living pinnacle in human hubris and ego when they lived through four years of Brian Burke. A little more than two weeks’ worth of (Tim) Leiweke suggests that, in the cultivation of executive arrogance, the new guy in town is intent on scaling new heights.