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NHL Board of Governors unanimously approves Maple Leafs sale

Jun 19, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

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The NHL’s Board of Governors met in Las Vegas today. One of the first announcements might just rank as a formality: the Toronto Maple Leafs’ sale was unanimously approved.

In case you need a refresher, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board decided to sell its interest in the team to media company Rogers. It seemed like that story sort of went away for a while – probably because it was more or less a “done deal” – but now it looks like the ink is nearly dry.

It will be interesting to see if the Maple Leafs’ higher-level changes trickle down to the side that affects hockey a bit more directly. GM Brian Burke was more or less given a vote of confidence, yet Bob McKenzie subtly inserted a caveat that an ownership change could just alter that situation. The Maple Leafs hold the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, so perhaps that will be “change” enough for the new owners.

For now, at least.

  1. mbmixer - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Great, maybe now we can get into a post season. With the Teachers Association we have been out classed.

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