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from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
The greediness of the franchise knows no bounds. There was nary a blush in the spring when the Leafs jacked ticket prices by up to 75 per cent. Did you see an empty seat in the house — by the start of the second period, I mean. We know the platinum 1 per centers don’t settle in until midway through the first.
Supply-demand economics are seriously askew at 40 Bay. The franchise operates in an environment that defies real world verisimilitude. For regular folks, that means their cherished Leafs will never be any closer that the sports pages or the TV broadcast.
As a kid, I used to sneak into Maple Leaf Gardens and hide in secret places for hours before venturing out in search of an empty seat or, at worst, standing room only spots. I hope — yet doubt — that urchins are still finding a way to breach the ramparts at the ACC.
That might be against the law but so is extortion — except when it masquerades as best business practice.
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from Damien Cox of The Spin,
It's fair to say the conversation around Phil Kessel changed somewhat with his performance during last spring's memorable playoff clash with Boston, and with Kessel apparently in improved physical shape this summer heading into a contract year, there's every chance he may finally become the consistently explosive player the Leafs (and...
Coming off a season in which he led the Toronto Maple Leafs to their first playoff berth in eight seasons it would have been easy for goaltender James Reimer to take the acquisition of Jonathan Bernier personally instead Reimer says he's looking forward to the competition and intends to support the former Kings backup as much as he can.
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Restricted free agent centre Nazem Kadri is still in a holding pattern in contract talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the 22-year-old centre may be feeling the pinch.
Working out at the team's practice facility in Mississauga on Tuesday Kadri told reporters that talks over a new deal are weighing heavier on his mind as training camp draws closer.
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The focus of attention for Leafs fans since the signing of free agent David Clarkson and re-signing of Tyler Bozak in early July has been the contract status of RFA Nazem Kadri, but over the last few days the cross talk over how long and drawn out the negotiations will be has intensified. Indications are that the two sides are not close on a new deal and that at this point, they...
Via Sportsnet, the Toronto Sun's Lance Hornby spoke to Toronto Maple Leafs restricted free agent Nazem Kadri about the state of his contract negotiations with the Leafs, and Kadri was apparently none too pleased with the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' suggestions that Kadri's demands are unreasonable:
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Former Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski has reportedly inked a one year deal with the Washington Capitals (courtesy of CBS Sports)
Yes Caps fans we may have finally found our second line center!
As per a tweet sent out by Igor Eronko, a reporter for Sports.ru, stating that according to an ONT report (Belarus TV) the Capitals and the former Toronto Maple Leafs star have agreed...
from Arpon Basu of NHL.com.
Jonathan Bernier stepped on the ice at the Montreal Canadiens' practice facility Tuesday wearing enemy colors, and he couldn't have been happier.
Bernier was one of four NHL goaltenders taking part in the CCM/Reebok Goalie Summit, a gathering that allows them to try on their new pads and shoot some promotional material for the company...
Mikhail Grabovski's agent says client still making a decision. @IgorEronko reports Belarus TV says #Caps will sign him.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) August 22, 2013
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