The NHL, a day late and a dollar short as always, released the schedule for the 2013-14 NHL regular season this afternoon. In an unsurprising move, the Toronto Maple Leafs will open their season on the road on October 1st against the Montreal Canadiens.
– The Leafs have joined the Atlantic division, with other notable seaports Ottawa, Detroit and Montreal. I still would have preferred going with famous players/patrons names for the divisions.
– The Leafs will be fortunate that of their Atlantic division rivals, they play the Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres 5 times each. They’ll square off against the Bruins, Senators, Red Wings, Lightning and Panthers only 4 times
– Also new to the schedule, the Leafs will play every team at least twice this season. They’ll play *sigh* the Metropolitan Division teams 3 times each, while playing 2 games against each Western Conference squad. Actually a prudent move from the league…
– The Leafs have 16 back-to-back games throughout the season
Loiselle hopes to get Fraser done before arbitration hearing (July 30). On Kadri and Franson: "Nothing to report at this point."
Leafs announce new affiliation with ECHL Orlando Solar Bears.
Pretty much exactly what I thought Gunnarsson would get. I guess this means around 4 mill for Franson.
About what I expected for Gunnarsson. He's worth more than that, though. We're lucky he was an RFA still.
Maple Leafs: Tim Leiweke wants to end sight of empty seats when puck drops at Air Canada Centre
Well, that suspension of Braun sure hurts my work keeper league :(
Went to a couple games over Christmas break - they play where the Orlando Magic do. It was a reasonably full house, I'm guessing 10k fans or so - pretty impressive for the ECHL, and they put on a pretty good show, winning the game and 4 or 5 fights, including an absolute mugging by Ryan Reaves I think it was.
Definitely reccomend going if you're in that area.
@Burtonboy wtf is a solar bear...LOL.
@Burtonboy Good deal BB, I said AA of 3.25 very nice to get him for 3.15
@Burtonboy I said 3.25 and I was hoping for 3.00. Can't complain about 3.15 I guess.
He's got his work cut out trying to solve that. Even during the play-offs it still happens. Makes me sick.
@Cameron19 So the Bozak deal is looking better eh.
@Burtonboy I'm going to guess 4.3 million.
Just read that...
Too close to call :)
(RIP Farina..loved that guy)
@Bobsyouruncle Nice Callback for Farina.
@Bobsyouruncle What do you make of Lieweke's apology?
Where'd you get that number?
The good thing about NONO is that he is unlikely to dish out Komisaresque deals. Thank God there is no more that bullshit that a certain player is this or that GM's Type of player. Hopefully, the media can no more hype the crape out of some players and throw them at us.
@Jantz does that to all of us
DamoSpin: I'm thinking King of LA Sports will find working in a town where his thoughts on hockey aren't ignored is going to be an adjustment.
@Jantz The PA can't really do anything though. Calgary and NJ have both run a 17 man roster before. An injury would likely allow us to ice a full roster anyways.
@Burtonboy I tried to work it out earlier BB, your solution, as mine did, will leave us with 20 signed with Fraser, Kadri and Franson on the team, we need to add 3 more players, 2 at the very least, so it looks like Liles will be traded or bought out.I am hoping it will be the former.
You're right. 1 m for Fraser leaves 5.5 for Kadri and Franson and that will take a miracle to come in that price. Hallelujah.hallelujah......... Might as well start praying now.
@Burtonboy Yea, but if you remove them and add Kadri, Franson and Fraser, you only have a 20 man roster. So even if they go, someone else will be taking those spots. If anything we might have less than 6.5.
They live to deliberately misunderstand you and put the worst possible construction on your words, motives and meaning. It's what they do!
Mind you, I've seen the same philosophy at work here... ;-)
Thing is, guys like Kessel and Lupul and JVR don't give a crap about what was on the walls in the first place and it wasn't having an impact in their play any more than taking them down will.
@Bobsyouruncle @Cameron19 Yes. Someone posted it earlier. I don''t have a link, but he basically said he apologizes to any fans he offended, and he was pretty emphatic that he did not mean to tarnish the history of the team in any way - only that he intends to pressure the current players to create their own legacy. Said he only wants the type of players who want to have their picture on the walls some day. Even added that he was not prepared for the media of Toronto running with the story in the way they did, and in the future, will keep his thoughts to himself, lol. Fast learner.