Today, MLHS celebrates reaching the half-decade mark of existence. On this day 5 years ago, MLHS was a newborn blog adorned with a site banner I fashioned in about 5 minutes in MS Paint. To say I didn’t expect it to grow into one of the leading Leaf fan communities online, or for it to provide the opportunity to meet so many great people over the past 5 years, or for it to lead to opportunities such as publishing a magazine about the team and becoming acquainted with a few of the team’s players and members of management …. well, unexpected would be a whopping understatement. Thank you to everyone who has helped along the way and all those who continue to make MLHS what it is.
We have some exciting stuff coming down the pipe, starting as soon as this Thursday when we’ll be doing some live blogging and comprehensive coverage on the Leafs‘ 2013 rookie tournament from the press box in London.
To celebrate the onset of September, with the preseason events getting underway this week, let’s turn it over to BigBadBoss, who as always will get us right fired up with his videos on the YouTubes.
Tuesday morning links…
Here’s the rookie tournament roster and schedule.
Most Leafs bloggers took the long weekend off before getting back into season mode, except for Michael Langlois who has a piece up on the new Leaf he is most excited about seeing this season.
No change in negotiations between Kadri and the Leafs. Obviously, his participation in training camp is in question. Still time for a deal.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 3, 2013
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Hey Alec, I know I'm late, but congrats on 5 years. I can honestly say this place has been my home on the Internet ever since. You've done a good job at letting people have their own free speech without much censorship, save for a few idiots. Don't let the site turn mainstream, and please continue to make it be place where real vans can come and say what they want. By that, I don't mean to discourage you from seeking profit, I just mean that the raw feeling is what makes it feel like a real fan site. I appreciate everything the site has done for me (Bless Ed as well) and I hope there are many years of success ahead for the site, as well as yourself. If also like to thank all the current/past writers. That includes you Andrew R ;). I'd Also like to thank all the old boys who were commenters back when the site started. It was a real nice change of pace from hockeybuzz and tsn. You guys helped shape MLHS into what it is today. I hope everybody involved with the site had a solid summer, and may this be one hell of a season for you all to enjoy!
Congratulations Alec! This is indeed a fantastic site and you should be very, very proud! I'll be here still at the 10th anniversary!
Congratulations MLHS, first place I go when I come home from work, really respect the hard work you put into it, much appreciated. Nice to find like minded fanatics like myself...Thanks again Alec
Updates in the Franson and Kadri watch: http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2013/09/03/updates-in-the-franson-and-kadri-watch/… + Bernier making an early statement stealing parking spots.
@Burtonboy come right back to here :)
Its pretty hilarious to me how ppl are still so negatively effected by that game 7. Fuck, we played so good, i honestly dont see it as a bad thing, just a huge lesson thatll make us better moving forward.
Franson was eligible for salary arb but didn't file. Believed to want long term (4 yrs at $4M+ per). TOR aiming short, yr or 2 at <$3M per.
@Burtonboy I keep reading these tweets for no discernable reason other than to punish myself. So far today, according to various sources, Franson wants 1 year, 2 years and 4 years at 3 million to 4 million. Kadri wants 1 or 6 years, for 3 or 5 million. Geez, thanks Toronto sports media for straightening that out for me.
Kadri believed to be looking long-term (6 yrs in Tavares stratosphere of $5.5M per). Leafs want short, 2 yrs at P.K. Subban $ ($2.875M per).
@Burtonboy "believed" :)
@rustynail @Burtonboy Leafs would have to get rid of 2 players to accommodate that. And the 2 year deal sounds a little low but about right. Take the Subban deal. in 2016 the cap should be where and getting that 6 mill contract might be great. Tavares is going to be captain. Olympic standout. Kadri you're good, but not close to Tavares.
@Burtonboy Looks like Colbourne will be centering 2nd or 3rd line and Morgan Reilly has good shot to make the team.
@TheCanucksnaphook good for him not so much for us