I think that in the NHL there are some of the coolest logos of world sport and today I am going to talk about one of the most classic, that of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
This franchise, the second most valuable in world hockey after the NY Rangers, turned one hundred years old last 2017. It is, in fact, one of the original NHL clubs. However, the name was not acquired until 10 years later, in 1927.
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Toronto Maple Leafs
The name (Maple Leafs means ‘maple leaves’) was chosen by Conn Smythe, entrepreneur and club owner. The maple leaf is the symbol of Canada and Smythe wanted to pay homage to the soldiers of World War I, in which he participated and was a prisoner. The first time the logo was used was green, but then changed to blue over white. Smythe said it was because of Canada’s blue sky and snow white, but one of its main companies had blue as a corporate color and traditionally, it is a color associated with the city of Toronto.
Since then, the logo has undergone few variations, beyond some tweaks in the profile of the sheet or in the typeface. It is one of the most recognizable logos of the NHL and the marketing associated with it is one of the most sold.
Maple Leafs warn Mitch Marner, others about leaf deals
Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas has set the record for the leading free agency scorer Mitch Marner.
Dubas told reporters on Thursday that if Marner signs an offer sheet with another team, the Maple Leafs may not match and Marner should be prepared to walk.
And the same goes for Marner’s partners forward and restricted free agents Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson.
“If there was an offer sheet, we would see what they are, and what the compensation is for our team, and we would make a decision based on that,” said Dubas (through Toronto Star). “They are all very important players for us. It is our intention that they are here as long as we can keep them.
“But if the dollar amount makes no sense to our internal economy, it will be a decision about what we could do.”
The free NHL agency starts in July 1. If Marner, Kapanen and / or Johnsson sign an offer sheet with another team, the Maple Leafs will have seven days to match the offer. If they don’t match, they get compensation from the other team. That compensation is on a sliding scale based on the player’s contract, but if Marner signs an agreement with an average annual value of $ 10,568 million, Toronto will receive four first-round selections.
Marner, 22, is reportedly seeking an agreement similar to the $ 11.6 million five-year AAV extension that Toronto granted to the Auston Matthews center earlier this year. Reportedly, Toronto, with cash shortages, is responding with a figure of up to $ 2 million less.
Hence the confrontation.
According to the Star, it is virtually unknown for a restricted free agent to change teams through an offer sheet (only one player has done so in the last 20 years), but there are several RFAs in the league this summer that could exercise that option.
So, could another team be prepared to make an offer to Marner?
“What the other teams think, I don’t know,” Dubas told the Star. “It’s within the rules. It becomes fashionable. It’s kind of hanging mostly now. If it happens, it happens. We will go from there.
“I hope it doesn’t come to that. I hope we can continue working together.”