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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
In the most inactive summer of Brian Burke’s time running the Maple Leafs, you have to wonder: What did his friend, Gary Bettman, tell him about the coming season?
And can Burke’s quiet approach to making over the Leafs be attributed in any way to a belief there will not be an NHL season?
Burke never went out an acquired the veteran goaltender he said he wasn’t going to get at the end of last season. He wasn’t in any way aggressive in the free agent market, which is understandable considering the mistakes made in the past. He never found the first-line centre he hoped for — and has this odd belief that James vanRiemsdyk, a winger with talent and marginal success, can be that centre.
The biggest names on the Leafs — Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel, James Reimer — are not playing overseas, getting ready for a season that might not be.
Without playing this season, the Leafs don’t have to account for the final years on the contracts ...
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The Toronto Marlies open their 2012-13 regular season this afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum against the Rochester Americans, the team that they eliminated in the first round of the Calder Cup Western Conference playoffs last season.
Ben Scrivens will start in net for Toronto and David Leggio is expected to get the start for Rochester.
The game marks the North American debut of...
The Toronto Marlies released their opening day roster for the 2012-13 season, in advance of the season opener this Saturday against the Rochester Americans. The roster is currently at 27 players, but could be reduced by a few in the next couple weeks depending on injuries and players needing to get playing time:
1. Mark Owuya
30. Ben Scrivens
40. Jussi Rynnas
The Marlies opened their 2012-13 regular season with a 3-1 victory over the Rochester Americans in front of a sellout crowd at Ricoh Coliseum Saturday afternoon. Team captain Ryan Hamilton scored two power play goals and Jake Gardiner scored another with the man advantage, while Ben Scrivens stopped 20 shots to earn the victory.
Toronto dominated the play in the opening twenty...
The NHL has made a new offer to the players' association that proposes a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue and a full 82-game season starting Nov. 2.
As talks resumed Tuesday in Toronto between the league and the NHLPA, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the offer, which is crafted for - if nothing else - a quick response from the head of the players' association, Donald...
from Norman Chad of the Washington Post,
This is my favorite time of year in the NHL: A labor dispute leading to a delayed regular season. Every several autumns, lockout lord Gary Bettman turns off the lights at every hockey arena. The intractable NHL commissioner then sits at home and writes in his private journal, better known as The Bettman Diaries.
We have obtained...
Spurred on by a kick-a$$ movie poster by Josh Howard, this is part four of a four part series showcasing our feelings on Bettman and the NHL.
Gary Bettman first came into the NHL the same year the Toronto Blue Jays won a World Series (only year the United States didn’t win the World Series, if you can believe it), when Disney’s Aladdin came...
NEW YORK (AP) -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman still hasn't spoken to players' union chief Donald Fehr since a brief meeting Wednesday, but negotiators on both sides are back in contact as the lockout drags on. There was no meeting Friday, after two straight days of negotiations at the league's New York office, and there are no current plans for more bargaining to take...
NEW YORK (AP) -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman still hasn't spoken to players' union chief Donald Fehr since a brief meeting Wednesday, but negotiators on both sides are back in contact as the lockout drags on.
There was no meeting Friday, after two straight days of negotiations at the league's New York office, and there are no current plans for more bargaining to take...
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Finding the positives in lockout coverage is quite the feat. Financially adverse to both parties involved, I find it difficult at times to sit empathetic with either the ownership or union in this matter. Still, the goal in my blog posts isn't just to provide coverage of the ugliest period in the National Hockey League since 2004-2005...
We've talked a lot about the NHL lockout lately. We've covered various sides of the topic, including the face behind it - Gary Bettman - as well as the fans suffering through it. One area we haven't covered are the veterans near the end of their careers. This group of players will arguably be hurt by an extended lockout the most as they prepare to hang up their skates...