Friday Mashup: Leafs Back On Ice, TV Schedule Released

Burke Burke, GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Burke Burke, GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs

It’s starting to finally feel like hockey season. The NHL has been holding their R&D camp at the Leafs‘ Mastercard Centre Practice Facility as GMs, scouts and hockey media descended on Etobicoke to review new ideas being tabled for the NHL season’s to come. With that comes lots more NHL news. While Brendan Shanahan has indicated that none of the major changes they were looking at will see the light of day for a while, a shallower net will be brought in as early as this year.

Also coinciding with the NHL’s R&D camp were informal workouts with a handful of Maple Leafs, including Phil Kessel, Nazem Kadri and Colby Armstrong, as reported yesterday. More workouts will be taking place in the coming days and there is sure to be more interviews and news coming out of the Leafs camp once the NHL R&D camp ends.

The NHL also released its television schedule. Interestingly, the Leafs will have the bulk of their games broadcasted on Rogers Sportsnet. I suppose this lines up perfectly with those who believe that Rogers is first in line to buy the MLSE majority stake from the Ontario Teacher Pension Plan. I think most will agree that TSN has a better rounded broadcast and have deeper pockets to pay for the rights, so it’s a curious decision. They have a partial list up on their site only going as far as January 7th. We’ll update here once it’s available.

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