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For sure. back in May they were up around 900,000.

8 hours, 17 minutes ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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What Canadian sports fans are watching.

8 hours, 30 minutes ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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Cap limitations hold down the blank cheque syndrome as well.

9 hours, 15 minutes ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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League front offices headhunting sperm banks.

9 hours, 51 minutes ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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Harold got rid of the old originals.

9 hours, 52 minutes ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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Oh, just pretending. Advanced expansion stats.

9 hours, 53 minutes ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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There's a ton of older free agents available right now you could use to bolster your new expansion team for a few years. You could probably cherry pick Europe as well.

http://www.capgeek.com/free-agents/

10 hours, 2 minutes ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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Oh, for sure. Just interesting in terms of player movement and the massive amount of cash that's involved.

10 hours, 18 minutes ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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The rules link you posted below was for stocking just two teams. The original article in the Vancouver Province talked about four new franchises by 2017.

The rules seem to change over the years. When they brought Vancouver and Buffalo into the league same year they also got the top two players in the junior draft, which turned out to be Gilbert Pereault and Dale Talon.

10 hours, 26 minutes ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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So franchise fees are pure gravy for the owners because they aren't included in revenue sharing. According to my lowball estimates four new teams would mean at least $1 Billion in owners' pockets.

And I wonder how players on existing teams would be distributed with four new teams to fill all at once?

11 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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Five WHL hockey teams in the Seattle area:

11 hours, 4 minutes ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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NHL is doing the carefully-worded "no immediate plans" response so there might be something to it.

11 hours, 5 minutes ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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Four new franchises. Where there's denial there's fire.

11 hours, 18 minutes ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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Cap's going to go through the roof. I wonder how players will be redistributed this time around?

1 day ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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Vancouver had a similar play with Bure years ago as well.

1 day ago on What’s Ailing the Maple Leafs Penalty Kill – Part 2

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I'm hoping that some miracle happens and our faceoff success improves this season, giving us more of a chance at first possession on penalties.

1 day, 9 hours ago on What’s Ailing the Maple Leafs Penalty Kill – Part 2

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If you're talking that stone bridge in Bala, it's 30 feet high, only 1/3 as high as the one this kid jumped off. The athletes who do extreme sports diving jump at 75-80 feet.

1 day, 10 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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For sure. Bad stuff kept happening at our blueline all last year, whether it was leaving the zone or preventing easy entries by the opposition.

1 day, 10 hours ago on What’s Ailing the Maple Leafs Penalty Kill – Part 2

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Why would anyone jump off a 100-foot cliff into shallow water? I don't get it.

1 day, 10 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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And spend way more time after practice with one-on-one instruction! He's pure evil.

1 day, 10 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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Randy must REALLY hate Jake and Naz now! Lol

1 day, 10 hours ago on Tuesday Mashup: Leafs Links

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Good look at what became a real trouble spot last season.

I kept noticing last year how often our defence would get tired - not just on penalties- when we couldn't clear the zone, which led to extended shift time for the Dmen as the opposition would cycle them to death without a whistle.

1 day, 10 hours ago on What’s Ailing the Maple Leafs Penalty Kill – Part 2

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NHL.com reviews Leafs' top prospects

http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/club/m_news.htm?id=728546

2 days, 9 hours ago on Monday Mashup: 28 Days to Preseason

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You don't give a guy the second most minutes on the team and spend extra time with him after practice if you hate him. And you don't walk into your bosses' offices after hearing rumors and say "You guys aren't seriously thinking of trading Gardner, are you?" If you don't want him on the team.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Monday Mashup: 28 Days to Preseason

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My poor attempt at a horrifying joke.

2 days, 10 hours ago on Monday Mashup: 28 Days to Preseason

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Our new CEO????

2 days, 10 hours ago on Monday Mashup: 28 Days to Preseason

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Here's the new replacement for Tim.


Tod Leiweke (born January 12, 1960, in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American sports executive. He was hired on July 26, 2010, to become the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and minority owner of Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment including the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Tampa Bay Storm and Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Formerly, Leiweke was the Chief Executive Officer of the Seattle Seahawks National Football League team, owned by Paul Allen, and the Seattle Sounders FC Major League Soccer team, which Allen has a minority stake in. Leiweke also was the CEO of Vulcan Sports and Entertainment (VSE), a management company also owned by Allen which oversees Allen's sports-related properties.[1] Prior to his employment with Paul Allen, Leiweke had served as president of the Minnesota Wild, was the first executive director of The First Tee and had held executive positions with the PGA Tour, theVancouver Canucks, and the Golden State Warriors.

Leiweke joined the Seahawks in 2003. In 2005, the team advanced to Super Bowl XL, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In 2007, he became acting president of the Portland Trail Blazers, replacing Steve Patterson. Vulcan Sports and Entertainment was created at that time.[2]Leiweke served as acting president until June 20 of that year, when the team named Larry Miller to be its president.

Leiweke was the key deciding factor in the firing of former Seattle Seahawks coach Jim L. Mora in January 2010,[3] and also was the main benefactor in the hiring of USC coach Pete Carroll.

Tod is the younger brother of Tim Leiweke,[4] president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

3 days, 1 hour ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Lieweke's photo at the top of this mashup is dead to me.

3 days, 2 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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They were funny for a while.

3 days, 7 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Is it me or did the arena lighting in that Champoins Hockey League game yesterday seem really bad, like thetre was no light above the nets? Reminded me of a rink where I played in Erie, Penn. in the 70s.

3 days, 9 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@-Keon @Xxxxxnew Britain won the Olympic gold medal in hockey in 1936. Won a bronze in 1924.

4 days, 1 hour ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Has had knee problems from what I recall.

4 days, 2 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Cool to see a British team in there. My buddy's dad played in the British league in the 1940s.

4 days, 3 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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And William Nylander was born in Calgary.

4 days, 4 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Bob Nystrom was born in Stockholm.

4 days, 4 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Douglas Murray is from Sweden!

4 days, 4 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Pretty good in that game, 4 points, especially if he was on the third line as he was listed on the game stats.

4 days, 4 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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I was saying that exact same thing in the early 90s. Had good management and ownership. And here we are.

4 days, 5 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Most humiliating stat I've read in the past year is the Habs have only missed playoffs 9 times in the past 74 years.

4 days, 6 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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It becomes hollow, tho, after watching this mess since the early 60's.

4 days, 6 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Edmonton Oilers have had 11 first round picks in the past 8 drafts.

4 days, 6 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Champions hockey league

4 days, 6 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Didn't read too deeply but it looks something like that, although it doesn't look like just top teams. There's a ton of divisions and close to 50 teams. For example there are eight teams from the Swiss league, five or six from Germany. Not sure what the purpose is, maybe just an inter league competition series.

4 days, 6 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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So, I'm assuming Setoguchi hasn't been the same player since his knee injuries.

4 days, 7 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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Until I just looked it up I'd never heard of the Champions Hockey League.

4 days, 7 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@Ricky_Vaives_slapshot I read there is a lot of awakwardness over the new NHL TV rights deal. 

5 days, 1 hour ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@Optimustic Just read the article. Frattin was actually slotted in on the top line in LA, not the fourth line. Gradually worked his way down and out of the lineup tho. Healthy scratch for 40 games.

5 days, 2 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@FloorHockeyFlopper @Xxxxxnew @Yaknowwhat This is what Lieweke told the Globe:


“It’s an honour to lead MLSE, a world-class organization in a city and a country so passionate about sports,” he said. “But with new opportunities on the horizon, it’s time for me to begin the transition from sports and entertainment executive to entrepreneur.

“Right now, my total focus is here at MLSE and I look forward to working with the Board and MLSE team to continue strengthening our franchises while ensuring a smooth transition to a new leader.”

“I’ve always told everyone I’m not here forever,” Leiweke said Wednesday during a brief media availability at the Air Canada Centre galleria. “My job is to change the culture and get it headed in the right direction.”


5 days, 2 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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@Yaknowwhat What I've read was some members liked him, some didn't. Same as when Burke was here. Friedman wrote a story about how TL had an out in his contract and he would probably not be in TO the full five seasons. The next day after the story the board had a meeting with TL and asked him for a commitment, or inquired about his plans, beyond next summer. He didn't give them a longer horizon for beyond next June, and the next day the board announced it was seeking an eventual replacement.


From the Globe/


Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has cleared up the uncertainty surrounding president and chief executive officer Tim Leiweke’s long-term future with the company.

He will stay in the position until June 30, 2015 or until a new CEO is found, MLSE said Thursday in a statement.

“Under Tim’s leadership, MLSE has made a number of key moves to strengthen our organization on the path to championship success,” said MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum. “We look forward to working closely with Tim to build on this foundation and further accelerate our momentum as we seek a new leader for MLSE.”

5 days, 2 hours ago on Friday Mashup: Leiweke not long for Toronto

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