Toronto Maple Leafs Shunned from Hockey Night in Canada Three Times

John DeerCorrespondent IJuly 19, 2008

Could the CBC finally be souring on the Toronto Maple Leafs? The last time the Blue and White haven't played on Hockey Night in Canada was way back in the early 90's.  Well guess what Leaf fans? It seems as though the CBC has other things in mind this year, and on three separate occasions the Maple Leafs will be idle come Saturday.  These dates include December 13, December 27, and January 17. On December 13, it will be Washington at Montreal. On December 27, it will be Montreal at Pittsburgh. And on January 17, Leaf fans will drink their beer angrily while watching Montreal travel to Ottawa to take on the Sens at Scotiabank Place for all to see.

Now on one hand, I understand the CBC's reasoning on this. Why shove a horrible hockey team down the throats of all Canadians on every Saturday night?

But on the other hand, this is a very risky maneuver. The Leafs have arguably one of the biggest fan bases in North American professional sports (in Canada, anyway), and pulling something like this might turn into a loss viewers.

All in all, I don't know what to think. I want to see my Leafs every Saturday night. But maybe just maybe this shunning of the Leafs on three separate Saturdays might hit home to the big wigs in the MLSE, and make them realize what a crappy product they have put on the ice.

And to step aside for good.

But losing hockey on Saturdays?  Give me a break.


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