Maple Leafs Notes: Schedule, Fan Announcement, Signings, and Joe Bowen

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer IJuly 15, 2008

NHL Schedule Coming Thursday

The new NHL schedule looks like it will be released this Thursday.  It is the first time the public will get to see the NHL's new look schedule, which will be far more balanced than the previous few seasons.

Though not completely confirmed, various sources are saying the Maple Leafs will open the season on October 9th in Detroit.  Their home opener will be two days later against the Canadiens in Toronto.

Fan Announcement Tomorrow

The Toronto Maple Leafs are having a get together tomorrow for the fans of the team. 

Not many details are available, but it will be a "fan-related announcement."  Players from the current Maple Leafs, as well as past greats of the team will be on hand, with the focal point seeming to be something to do with Matt Stajan. 

Will we meet our new captain tomorrow?  Will we be introduced to a third jersey?

The announcement tomorrow is being held at the Air Canada Centre. 

If you are planning to attend, head down early.  Only the first 750 fans will get into this event.

Maple Leafs Sign Four

The Toronto Maple Leafs came to terms with four players today. 

Forwards Ben Ondrus, who captained the Marlies last season, and Alex Foster were brought back.  Also signing were two defenseman, Jamie Sifers and Richard Petiot.

Petiot is a 6'4" 210lbs, and played 40 games last season for the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL, the affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

Maple Leafs File Grievance in Frogren Signing

Yesterday afternoon, just before 5 PM, the NHLPA notified the league it would be filing a grievance with the NHL over their rejection of Jonas Frogren's contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The process is expected to be a lengthy one however.  The hearing for this case may not be heard until well into next season.

Because a grievance has been filed, Frogren will be eligible to compete under the current terms of his contract, the one initially offered by Toronto sometime last week.

Ryan Hollweg

Well, I don't quite know where I stand on this one.

I am sure Ryan Hollweg is an alright guy.  And I do agree that the Maple Leafs needed to be a lot tougher than they were last year.

However, I don't know if Ryan Hollweg can bring something more to the table than a younger farm player. 

But, when it comes down to it, people in Toronto love their fighters.  And Hollweg will have them standing when he drops the mitts in the ACC next season.

I know his win/loss record last season wasn't great, but at least he is willing to stand up and tow the line for his teammates.

And did I mention this.  Anybody loony enough to do this every night before a game, well, I guess I wouldn't mind having him on my side in a battle.

Joe Bowen Interview Online Now

Just a quick reminder that my exclusive interview with Joe Bowen, play-by-play man for the Toronto Maple Leafs, is online right now by clicking here