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Tower Talk: October 30, 2013

Maple Leafs

The Leafs managed a 4-0 victory on the backs of Phil Kessel and James Reimer, who scored 4 points and made 43 saves respectively. [National Post]

Tim Leiweke apparently floated the idea of taking 500 seats currently reserved for seasons tickets and opening them up to the general public….not going to happen, but it’s a nice thought. [Toronto Star]

Whether Leafs fans realize it or not, Dion Phaneuf is going to get paid on his next contract. These fantasies of him taking a pay cut are ridiculous, Phaneuf will get something around 7 years and $50 million, but is he worth it? [National Post]

Buffalo Bills

The Bills have hired Michael Lyons, a former MIT and University of Rochester Simon School of Business graduate and 25-year employee at Xerox, to develop the Bills’ analytics department from the ground up. It’s concerning the team did not already have an analytics department, but better late than never. [BuffaloBills.com]

The Bills released Jay Ross and therefore have an open roster spot, likely for a practice squad player to come up into before Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. [Buffalo Rumblings]

The Bills can learn from their loss on Sunday to the superior Saints, but they must improve if they hope to make a push towards the playoffs this year or even next. [ESPN]

Raptors

The Raptors losing “the Raptor” to a preseason injury was a blow to an already gloomy upcoming season. The thought of someone donning the costume and being the shell of the real Raptor saddened me, but luckily the organization thought better of doing that. Instead, they’re introducing a new Raptor, by the name of Stripes. We’ll also receive in-game “rehab videos” as the Raptor works his way into game shape. [Toronto Star]

It may not be the most successful season in franchise history, but the Toronto Raptors will certainly be an interesting team to watch this season. Here are 5 things to keep an eye on. [CBC]

After a season in which the Raptors fell off a cliff defensively, Dwayne Casey is emphasizing the importance of playing on the less fun side of the floor once again. [CityNews]

Blue Jays

R.A. Dickey became the first Blue Jays pitcher in franchise history to win the Gold Glove Award, it’s something right? [CBC]

On Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays extended their player development contract with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for two additional seasons. [Jays Journal]

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