Archive for March, 2011

Should Brian Burke Go After Ilya Bryzgalov?

March 15th, 2011 No Comments

With the Toronto Maple Leafs playoff hopes looking slimmer and slimmer with every day that passes, the focus for many Maple Leaf fans has been next season. In order to avoid a similar fate (likely missing the playoffs this season), the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to have to do a couple of things differently in 2011-12. First, as I pointed out in an article last week, the Maple Leafs must avoid extended losing streaks. The Buds got off to a great start this season winning four straight, giving Maple Leafs fans hope that maybe this was the year the Buds would make the playoffs. Unfortunately, an eight game losing streak in late October and early November put the Blue and White behind the eight ball, from which they will likely not recover from. Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Weighs In On Concussion Discussion

March 14th, 2011 No Comments

Whether you are a staunch supporter the game or merely a perimeter fan, one thing has become very clear in today’s NHL—head shots are the main cause of concussions…or are they? NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman discussed concussions today at the NHL general manager meetings in Boca Raton, Florida. From what he was quoted as saying to the media, Bettman appears to be making a good case that (contrary to popular belief) head shots are not the main cause of concussions. “If there is one thing that is clear, there is no one single thing causing concussions. In fact, the trend as to why concussions happen is different than what a lot of people are suggesting or speculating,” Bettman said. Bettman’s report revealed that 44 percent of all concussions were the result of legal hits, 26 percent were the result of

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Toronto Maple Leafs For Sale: Who Are the Potential Owners?

March 14th, 2011 No Comments

Numerous media outlets are reporting that the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is considering selling their 66 percent majority share of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. According to Quebec newspaper La Presse, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan ownership stake is believed to be worth $1.3 billion. Potential suitors for the majority ownership will likely include Rogers, who already owns the Toronto Blue Jays and the Rogers Centre (formerly The Skydome). Given the extreme price tag, there will be very few suitors. That said, given how much money the Maple Leafs consistently produce, one has to figure on a number of American interests getting involved in the bidding process as well. Current minority owner Larry Tanenbaum (who owns 20.5 percent of MLSE) could also be looking to increase his stake in the team, although it is thought that he may not be

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Toronto Maple Leafs Playoff Hopes All but Over

March 14th, 2011 No Comments

The 2010-11 season began with many Toronto Maple Leaf fans renewing their hopes that their beloved Buds might have a shot at a playoff spot. After starting the season with four straight wins, the Maple Leafs quickly found themselves on a horrific losing streak which saw the Blue and White drop eight straight games, including two shootout loses from the period of October 28th through November 13th. Fresh off the heals of a terrific come from behind win against the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night, many Leaf fans once again revisited the possibility of their team earning a playoff spot. Unfortunately, just as a playoff spot looked to be within reach, the Maple Leafs once again find themselves six points behind the New York Rangers (who occupy eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings) and the aforementioned Buffalo Sabres, who occupy

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Sidney Crosby: Retiring?

March 12th, 2011 No Comments

Known as one of hockey’s most informed sources, the Fan 590’s Bob McCowan recently claimed that members of Sidney Crosby’s family are encouraging him to retire due to concussion trauma that has kept the games best player off the ice for more than two months. While McCowan failed to name names, it appears as if we can eliminate Crosby’s parents from the equation. Darren Dreger of TSN announced via Twitter that Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson had responded to the rumors by stating: “Sidney’s parents have been extremely encouraging and supportive during this recovery period.” Louis Jean of Sportsnet went a little further with Brisson’s comments with Brisson saying: “With twitter and social media, people get carried away, It’s irresponsible. This report (on Crosby) is baseless. At no time has retirement ever been discussed.” The fact that Sidney’s parents are supporting their son

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5 Ways NHL Players Can Bring Back a Little “RESPECT” To the Game

March 12th, 2011 4 Comments

There has been a lot of chatter both online and in the fish wrap in regards to NHL players and the lack of respect between them these days. Gone are the days when NHL players would think twice about taking liberties with their opponent, giving way to dangerous hits and a general lack of respect for player safety. With all this in mind, let’s take a look a five ways the NHL and its players can bring back a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the game of hockey and its players Reduce Equipment: On the surface, reducing the equipment NHL players wear looks to be a curious way to bring back some respect. Today’s NHL player is equipped with shoulder, elbow and shin pads that could be suitable for a medieval warrior. Recent evolutions in materials and a lack of size restriction allow

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