And just to you know... I own this. Signed by 6 of the greats. Certificate of authenticity included.
The teams that left Canada, were losing money, but also include the Canucks, the Oilers, the Sens, and the Flames in that, and remember the Flames moved from Atlanta. but since the drop in the US$, and better management and winning teams, those franchises are doing OK now. That's what it takes. The way things are now, there are 2 or 3 markets in Canada that can support an NHL team. But we have an NHL board and chairman who act like kings, and refuse to allow upstart new entries into their exclusive club.
I would vote for another team in the Toronto area. Seems to make sense. If the Islanders, Rangers, Flyers and Devils can all exist in that small area then surely Toronto can support multiple teams
And that is the one and only Johnny Bower's signature on the leafs panel on that o 6 piece. Not to mention that Cheevers signed the Boston garden section as well.
Damn skippy. One of my prized possessions.
Hamilton or Kitchener. An hour from Toronto or Buffalo. but apparently Maple Leafs excercise a non competiton right that is unstated and illegal, but seems to drive events in southern Ontario.
Baillsie got black balled by Bettman because he tried to buy Nashville and Penguins and then the Coyotes. Bettman actually got the governors to vote and declare Baillsie a bad guy. I mean fuck. Bettman is a New York weasel. That guy would never make it out of a bar up here.
I'm not a fan of Bettman. Baisille would have been good for the league I think. Deep pockets there.