Maple Leafs Face Reality With Centennial Classic Marketplace

Greg Brady
December 30 2016 10:45AM

"Supply and demand" is a pretty simple concept that teachers in secondary school economics classes tried to instil upon us.  It's one of the most important things we should actually take away from our schooling as opposed to when to recognize an isosceles triangle or where Canada's 6th Prime Minister was born (Sir Charles Tupper, in Amherst, Nova Scotia -- I mean, everyone knows THAT.).

It can influence what you spend on a house, a car, and even why and where you spend your entertainment dollars.  Sporting tickets are no different, as we all know.  What creates a price point?  Simply put, the amount of the commodity that's available and the demand of buyers to acquire that particular commodity.

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Red Wings Piling Up Points -- Real Or Fake Progress?

Greg Brady
October 28 2016 09:42AM

With last night's win in St. Louis, the Detroit Red Wings are starting to get not their just own fanbase, but countless NHL observers to stand up and take notice.  There are some impressive factors that have led the Wings to snag 12 points in 8 games so far.  How good a start is this based on recent history?  Well, let's say then can finish the first 10-game segment of this season with 15 points -- want to know the last time they did that?

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It's All There For Matthews To Be Best Leaf Ever. Yes. I Said It.

Greg Brady
October 15 2016 01:36PM

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It's what could be considered some form of "synchronicity" (no, not just the Police's 2nd best album of all-time behind "Ghost In The Machine", but events that can be considered "meaningful coincidences"), Auston Matthews became the first-ever NHL player to score four goals in his first game, followed 48 hours later by the Maple Leafs introducing their Top 100 All-Time Maple Leafs list, which of course, as it's supposed to do, sparked debate, discussion, and even mild controversy.

No, Matthews isn't on the list already.  But it's truly all there for the taking.  Yes, number ONE is available, if Matthews plays 15 years of All-Star level hockey and accomplishes the mere task of adding any sort of hardware to the Leafs' collection.  

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The 2016 World Cup Of Hockey: Blame Canada? Not That Simple

Greg Brady
October 01 2016 11:06AM

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OK, the tournament's over.  No, honestly it is.  It didn't take as long as you thought if you rightfully avoided all the roster selection debates (which are fun, I admit, unless you're Phil Kessel) and the pre-tournament games.  So does that mean the criticism and the jokes about poor attendance, apathy, and the potential for Team USA players to destroy desk chairs at the downtown Hilton in Toronto now ends?  Well...not yet.

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Is The Leafs' Long-Running Goaltending Nightmare Soon To End?

Greg Brady
August 24 2016 09:18AM

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That sound you heard this week wasn't exactly thunderous in terms of a celebratory UFA signing by the Toronto Maple Leafs -- but it did make many breathe easier, in that Jhonas Enroth stabilizes the backup goaltender position going into this transitional 2016-17 season, behind Fredrik Andersen, signing a rather perfunctory one-year, $750k contract.

This move does a lot of things for the Leafs -- they get a veteran backup, and one that looked quite good in just 13 starts last year in Los Angeles.  Yes, the Kings are a pretty damn fine team to play in net for -- and last season, Jonathan Quick led all NHL goalies in starts with a whopping 68.  Hey, he didn't even TOUCH Andrew Raycroft's 72 from the ill-fated 2006-07 season, so we'll always have that!

But it's the most intriguing year in a long time to watch the Maple Leafs' goaltenders -- and yet intrigue, not to mention chaos and disorder have really ruled the crease for the Leafs, really ever since the lockout.

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