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Masai Ujiri just pulled an Alex Anthopoulos.

General NHL News & Views / Ray Emery Passes Away
« on: July 15, 2018, 03:31:20 PM »

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: The Matthews Extension
« on: July 12, 2018, 10:02:10 AM »

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: July 10, 2018, 09:42:10 AM »
Hold on, I actually do have a few questions. Is this true? Based on what? I'm sure the Leafs make more but the league?

I imagine there's some evidence that happier fans spend more on concessions, merchandise, etc., but there's probably a similar drop off from teams that are underperforming. I'm willing to believe the league makes more money when the marquee teams are doing well, but I don't think it moves the needle all that much.

I was sort of being facetious but I agree with you for the most part. It's just that there was a lot of "Well, if the big market teams are worse then people will just watch the better small market teams instead" during the lockout and I've never thought that was true.

Your original question started me thinking about this. I suppose it's likely, that with a few Leafs stars there has been a lot (a lot!) of Leafs NHL jerseys sold in the past 2 years. It would make sense that a portion of these "Official NHL" jerseys would kick back to the league.

I have nothing to go on for this, but I think it would be fair to guess that the Leafs are selling at least double the number of sweaters that they were prior to Matthews being drafted.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Kyle Dubas is new Leafs GM
« on: July 05, 2018, 07:32:31 AM »
Some good insights here from Dubas into keeping the big names all together on the team, his thoughts on the D etc. He also mentions (confirms) that Igor Ozhiganov is coming.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Scotiabank Arena
« on: July 02, 2018, 11:34:53 AM »
It will take some time to get used to, but the ACC is now Scotiabank Arena. $800 million is a lot of money for naming rights.

I came across this blog which linked to the actual drawings for the changes. The most interesting thing for me was that the very large screen is about to get even bigger. It is currently 30' x 50' and it will be upgraded to 40' x 78'

Overall I think MLSE has done a decent job of keeping the building fresh even as it is now more than 20 years old.

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Architectural Drawings - New Screen


General Rumours & Speculation / Re: Tavares
« on: June 25, 2018, 07:10:45 AM »

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Carrick re-signs [1 year, $1.3mil AAV]
« on: June 20, 2018, 03:38:12 PM »
He seems pretty happy about it.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: September 08, 2017, 11:01:24 AM »
Usually, I copy/paste the web link of the tweet and then paste the link again swapping out the https:// for www. so people using apps/browsers that doesn't show the auto-embed have a shot at opening the link.


And now I have learned something new so my day is complete.  ;)

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: September 08, 2017, 10:56:13 AM »
I seem to lack the skill to show the tweet... but Eric Duhatschek has left the Globe and Mail after 17 years there and is now also with The Athletic.

This is very cool. I signed up when it was just Mirtle. This is all great for hockey coverage.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Media Thread
« on: September 01, 2017, 03:05:53 PM »
The Athletic TO dropped their beat writer, David Alter, though, and I'm not sure why. They picked up Scott Wheeler instead (full-time now) for Leafs and Marlies and draft coverage.

This is from David Alter. I found it interesting that he never mentioned James Mirtle. But I like Wheeler and Mirtle covering the Leafs, so even though I was okay with Alter, I won't miss him.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Question About Leafs/ACC In Game Entertainment
« on: January 09, 2017, 08:22:40 PM »
I was at the game Saturday night. I'm very impressed with the music and on-screen entertainment during TV times outs etc. It's a lot more "fun" to be at a game now compared with even just a few years ago.

During the second intermission they played a video of clips (about 5 minutes long) from the past 100 years. I can find the video on YouTube easily enough, but not with the song they played it with at the game. I'm hoping that maybe someone here attends games and knows what I am talking about. Anyone? I'd love to know the name of that song.

Any chance that the entire 90 minute ceremony is available somewhere online?

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