The Maple Leafs make Forbes list of most valuable franchises, plus updates on Brandon Prust, Peter Holland, Joe Colborne, Carl Klingberg and more.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not bad for a club which hasn’t won a championship since 1967 and appeared in only one playoff series in ten years. On one hand, I admire the loyalty of Leafs fans. On the other, I question why they put so much devotion into a team which hasn’t done much to reward that loyalty over the past decade. As one of my readers wrote via Twitter, “The Leafs are like a car wash run by cheerleaders . It doesn’t even matter if the car gets clean, just put the sign up.”
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Brandon Prust is gearing up for his his July 29 Prusty 4 Kids golf tournament at the Redtail Golf Course in Port Stanley, Ontario. It’s to benefit the Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames forward Joe Colborne remains confident he’ll get a new deal worked out with the club before his August 1 arbitration hearing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The majority of players who elect arbitration usually re-sign before their hearings.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets re-signed forward Carl Klingberg to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650K at the NHL level.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers have hired Rocky Thompson as an assistant coach.