Tower Talk: September 10, 2013


Maple Leafs

The Leafs and Nazem Kadri are currently at an impasse in their contract negotiations, one thing that could speed things up is if Kadri found himself some leverage…while an offer sheet probably isn’t going to happen, a legitimate threat to hop to the KHL might (note: this is not going to happen). [Edmonton Journal]

MLSE and Canadian Tire has struck up a partnership, which they say “matches up Canada’s leading sports retail brands and the country’s largest  professional sports organization.”. The partnership includes on ice branding, plans for a new Sport Chek store in Maple Leaf Square and MLSE apparel stores in select Canadian Tire stores. With Canadian Tire purchasing the naming rights to  the Corel Centre Scotiabank Place Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, could this be the beginning of a bigger partnership that could lead to a new name at 40 Bay street? [CTV]

Just a reminder to everyone, Leafs players report for medicals and physical testing on Wednesday, meaning HOCKEY IS BACK!

Buffalo Bills

After avoiding reporters following the Bills 23-21 loss to the Patriots on Sunday, Stevie Johnson is finally facing the music, and rightfully answering questions about his costly drop on 3rd and 1 late in the game. Johnson has said he’s taking the blame…which is cool I guess, but who else was going to get blamed Stevie? [Yahoo!]

With the number of injuries piling up for the Bills, they may have to look at transferring a couple of the more long term prognosises over to the short term injured reserve so they can field a full team on Sunday. [ESPN]

Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to announce a pair of exhibition games will be taking place at Olympic Stadium in Spring Training this year, because if there’s anyone that can understand the misery of this Jays season, it’s Montreal Expos fans. [Jays Journal]

While he certainly hasn’t been the same pitcher he was in his 2012 Cy Young season, has R.A. Dickey actually been kind of okay? [DJF]

Has Esmil Rogers earned a spot in the 2014 Blue Jays rotation? I certainly hope not if the Blue Jays expect to contend. [Bluebird Banter]

 

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