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Ward Cornell of Hockey Night In Canada with an interview of head coach Punch Imlach of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1962. If you closed your eyes, it could be 2014...  

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TORONTO — The CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment will step down next year. The company announced Thursday that Tim Leiweke will stay until June 30 or a successor is appointed. The MLSE properties include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC. Leiweke, who joined the group in April 2013, says he plans to own and operate his own business. In his short tenure, Leiweke helped Toronto land the 2016 NBA all-star game, fired Toronto FC’s president and general manager Kevin Payne and brought in former star player Brendan Shanahan as president of the Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs missed the playoffs last spring, but the Raptors returned to the postseason for the first time in six years. Toronto FC is in third place in the Eastern Conference standings.Filed under: NHL, The Associated Press, Top Stories

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Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Visit this AM with the resting place of our friend Pavol Demitra pic.twitter.com/qbwCMqxMpk — Jamie McLennan (@jamiemclennan29) August 22, 2014 • Former NHL goaltender Jamie McLennan and others pay their respects at the final resting place of Pavol Demitra. Demitra, along with 43 others, were killed in a plane crash nearly three years ago in Yaroslavl, Russia. A group of Slovakian All Stars and former St. Louis Blues are playing three exhibition games in Slovakia to honor his career and to raise money for youth hockey in the area. [NHL] • The San Jose Sharks are like a fixer-upper house. The only problem is they're doing a lot of tearing down and less building back up. Now the dressing room is need of a serious remodel. Need proof? Here's a quote from GM Doug Wilson, " There’s a comment that was made by a group of my players, that we were co-workers and not teammates."   [CSN Bay Area] •  The Boston Bruins are in a cap-crunch, and will have to make a trade some time soon to free up space. They have a plethora of defenseman that could be looking for new homes before camp starts. [Boston Globe] • Remember Dan Bylsma? He used to coach the Pittsburgh Penguins. In his first interview since his dismissal, he has lunch with Rob Rossi where I suspect Rossi did most of the talking. [Trib Live] • Elliotte Friedman goes behind the break-up of Tim Leiweke and MLSE. [CBC] • Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) has tapped Kyle Raftis to replace Kyle Dubas as GM. Dubas was named Toronto assistant to the general manager earlier. Both guys are 28-years-old. I am feeling very unaccomplished. [Buzzing the Net] • Change is a comin' to the Isle, and it brings along with it a hope of a brighter future for the franchise. [Islanders Point Blank] • Ever wonder how your favorite sports videogames program the commentary? Now you'll know from the designer of NHL 15 . (SNES NBA Jam still No. 1 in commentary in my book.) [Sports Illustrated] • " A former Large Hadron Collider researcher brings his knowledge of high-energy collisions to a new EA SPORTS NHL hockey game. " If that doesn't interest you, I don't know what will. [Symmetry Magazine] • Good ol' all-American boy Ryan Suter now owns 1/9th of the Madison Capitals of the USHL. The Suter family has had a hand in the Wisconsin-based franchise in some form or another for a long time. It was only natural the superstar Minnesota Wild defenseman took his turn. [Madison Magazine] • Pavel Datsyuk trolls BizNasty on Twitter and it is fantastic. [The Score] • Getting to know LA Kings prospect, from Huntsville, Alabama (of all places), Nic Dowd, by none other than former Battle of California writer, Rudy Kelly. [Jewels from the Crown] • " Patrick Sharp has been a key to success here in Chicago. He’s a key to success over the course of the future. But he needs to play like last seasons Patrick Sharp. He also needs to make sure there’s gas left in the tank when it comes playoff time, because that’s when the more taxing games come around. And that’s when Patrick Sharp is needed the most. " [Blackhawk Up] • Highly sought-after free agent Kevin Hayes signed with the Rangers. Here's his fantasy impact and the players he is competing against to make the roster out of camp. [Dobber Hockey] • Is it time for the Toronto Maple Leafs to part ways with Tyler Bozak? According to fancy stats (apparently, the Leafs new go-to methodology) it spurs an interesting debate. [Leafs Nation] • Is Vladimir Tkachev destined to be an Edmonton Oiler? They sure hope so. He's a 'young Russian winger with substantial talent'. Where have we heard that before...? [Oilers Nation] • Former NHL defenseman Milan Jurcina has made his way over to the KHL. The 31-year-old is currently on a tryout contract with Dynamo Riga. [Russian Machine Never Breaks] • Corey Sznajder is crazy... crazy awesome. He records and analyzes the zone entries and zone exits for EVERY NHL game. Even cooler, he became inspired to do this after reading the blog, Broadstreet Hockey. [TSN] • Finally, via Reddit, a Friday special. It's an oldie but a goodie:

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Earlier this month, Claude Loiselle was seen as the leading candidate for the NHL’s new sheriff in the Department of Player Safety.  Larry Brooks of the New York Post had him in the job, with an announcement pending. Loiselle’s previous gig with the NHL’s hockey operations department, working closely with deputy commissioner Bill Daly, appeared to give him the inside track after being left go by the Toronto Maple Leafs as an assistant general manager. Well, things have changed, according to Darren Dreger of TSN . He reported Friday that Loiselle is “no longer in the mix” for the job. Who is in the mix? Stephane Quintal, who worked under Brendan Shanahan when he was the department’s director, has interviewed for the job and has received strong support internally from those who’ve worked with him. There’s a sense that Quintal would build on what Shanahan and his department already have in place, rather than remake it. Dreger also mentions Kris King, who was an early name thrown around to replace Shanahan. King is the NHL’s senior director of hockey operations. He’s worked within the NHL’s video review War Room and has been involved in player safety issues like concussion prevention for years. He also had 2,030 penalty minutes in 849 career NHL games, so he brings that sense of expertise on physical play that Shanahan (2,489 PIMs) did. What if it’s someone outside the NHL braintrust? Dreger mentioned former Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee. That would be an inspired choice, actually. He has the respect of the peers he’s worked with for the last 17 seasons. As a player, he had a certain amount of truculence and pugnacity. He was one of the NHL’s more forward-thinking and insightful general managers when it came to innovations in the game – at least in my conversations with him. And he has that glorious, spooky monotone that Shanahan has to narrate the player safety videos, coupled with the prerequisite poker face. However … one assumes the end game for McPhee would be to become a general manager again in the NHL. The Department of Player Safety would seem to be an effective launch point for such a candidacy, as both Brendan Shanahan and Brian Burke can testify. Not to impugn McPhee’s integrity, but would anyone else feel a little awkward about having a guy gunning for an NHL GM job helping to pass judgment on teams, or is bias overrated when it comes to Player Safety because it’s essentially a committee?            

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The Orlando Solar Bears announced on Tuesday that they have signed defenseman Mike Keenan and forward David Gilbert. The two players will join the ECHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 2014-15 season. Keenan spent last season playing with the Stockton Thunder and the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers. During 41 games with the Sound Tigers, the defenseman put up three goals, three assists and 72 penalty minutes. Keenan first played professionally with the Sound Tigers at the end of the 2012-13 season, appearing in five games and tallying one assist and nine penalty minutes. With the Thunder, Keenan put up one goal and four assists in 11 games. Prior to playing professionally, Keenan spent four seasons with Dartmouth College, getting named captain for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. In 108 games with Dartmouth, Keenan put up 38 points (nine goals, 29 assists) and spent 163 minutes in the penalty box. During his senior year, the defenseman was selected to be on the ECAC Second All-Star Team. Gilbert,

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Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere officially announced his retirement Thursday after 16 seasons in the NHL. The 37-year-old earned 262 victories in 597 regular-season games and won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. Giguere also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2003, when the Ducks lost the Cup final to the New Jersey Devils in seven games. Giguere, a first-round pick (No. 13) of the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 draft, finished with a record of 262-216-50 with 25 ties, a 2.53 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and 38 shutouts for the Whalers, Calgary Flames, Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Avalanche.

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The CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment will step down next year. The company announced Thursday that Tim Leiweke will stay until June 30 or a successor is appointed. The MLSE properties include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC. In his short tenure, Leiweke helped Toronto land the 2016 NBA all-star game, fired Toronto FC's president and general manager Kevin Payne and brought in former star player Brendan Shanahan as president of the Maple Leafs.

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Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke announced Thursday that he will step down after just over a year on the job. "Under Tim's leadership, MLSE has made a number of key moves to strengthen our organization on the path to championship success," MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum said in a statement. "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." Leiweke, who joined the company in April of 2013, said he plans to pursue his goal of owning and operating his own business following his departure from MLSE.

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Nazem Kadri will be at the Air Canada Centre Wednesday to join in the latest episode of the Ice Bucket Challenge craze taking the NHL by storm. But in about three weeks, he hopes to be making a different kind of splash — at Maple Leafs training camp. And he says he’s been working harder than ever this summer to elevate his game to another level. “I’m working hard on my shot and my release right now,” Kadri said Tuesday in a conference call with CCM Canada, which is releasing its new state of the art helmet, the Resistance Helmet. “There’s some new tech at the (Leafs’ practice facility), it focuses on shooting and passing the pucks like in a game, and tests your release and how you shoot, where you shoot. I’m trying to get stronger there this year because that’s where the production comes from.” Kadri certainly hasn’t missed what has been a busy off-season for the Leafs, one filled with changes to the front office and to the roster itself. Several key players were let go, among them

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  The CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment will step down next year. The entity announced Thursday that Tim Leiweke will stay until June 30 or a successor is appointed. The MLSE properties include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC. Leiweke joined the company in April 2013. He says he plans to own and operate his own business.


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