Have you ever asked someone something, and they quickly responded with a wag of the finger and the ever popular, “I can’t tell you,” line? It’s a lot more frustrating as a kid, but it doesn’t get any easier when you’re older. However, there are times where the public doesn’t need to know everything that’s going on, and the Leafs are a prime example of that.
Think back to past managerial regimes who didn’t know the meaning of keeping things quiet if they ran into it in the middle of a forest. Adding the likes of Brendan Shanahan and Lou Lamoriello to the picture gave fans something they haven’t experienced in years.
Gone were the days of general managers making claims and justifying poor deals that didn’t make any sense (Yes Dave Nonis, we still cared about years five, six, and seven). The only people who needed to know the goings on of the organization were the ones in charge of getting certain things done. I mean insiders knew as well, but that’s beside the point here.
The Leafs went through nearly three years of this, and the fan base was receptive to it, except for now. I may be alone in this argument, but there are several things that I want to know.
Will Lou and Mark Hunter move on to another team? How will the extensions of the Big Three in Auston Matthews, William Nylander, and Mitch Marner be handled? What will Kyle Dubas’s first move be as the 17th general manager in franchise history? Was he telling the truth about not knowing what Fortnite was?!
Then I watched Mike Babcock and his second appearance on Dreger’s Cafe in Denmark. Last year, we got a hunch that the Leafs were scouting players taking part at the World Hockey Championships from the interview, but this year’s was largely about his relationship with the players. One player in particular.
Babcock replied in the way many would expect. However, something he said struck a philosophical nerve in me.
Babcock on TSN about the public's perception on the story of his season ending issue with Matthews: "The player knows, the coach knows. The rest doesn't much really matter."— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) May 14, 2018
True, very true, but what I would do to get that kind of access. And then it hit me. Platforms like Netflix are taking the internet by storm providing millions around the world with something to watch. I strive to create something more intuned with the hopes and desires of the Leafs fanbase.
I present to you, The Leafs Transparency Subscription (or LTS for short). For a monthly charge of $19.67, fans will have access to the Basic Plan which includes:
- Babcock’s Player Fondness List
- Nazem Kadri’s Locker Room Playlist
- Dubas’s three-month agenda
- Season-long audio transcriptions of player meetings
But wait, that‘s not all. For an additional charge of $4.10, you will be given a business hour feed of the Leafs locker room to learn all that goes on behind the scenes. If that’s not enough, using the secret code found somewhere in this post will grant viewings of the Leafs front office meetings.
I can’t take all the credit for this idea, Hardev helped as well.
The Althetic bursts in all of a sudden— Hardev Lad (@HardevLad) May 14, 2018
Talk about a good deal as well as the perfect way to keep you level-headed this offseason.
In Case You Missed It
2018 IIFH Worlds: The final days of the preliminary round will decide many fates - Pension Plan Puppets
All Leafs representatives are in action at the World Hockey Championships today, and the Frederik Andersen will be looking to ride the wave of the hometown cheers.
Nikita Zaitsev in a post-season Russian interview shows us his personality - Pension Plan Puppets
Thanks to Extragalactic of Raw Charge, we have a full translated version of Nikita Zaitsev’s interview with Alexey Shevchenko of Sport-Express.
2018 NHL draft rankings: Top 31 with profiles - Pension Plan Puppets
A full rank and tier breakdown of the top 31 players in this year's NHL Entry Draft in Dallas
Babcock promises to never stop being a dad - Pension Plan Puppets
He also has a forecast on the probability of more defenders joining the mix, as he sits down with TSN’s Darren Dreger.
Around the Hockey World
Yes Willy we’re all excited for the next one. When that day comes, perhaps you’ll be making something with a 5 in it?
2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Vegas wins Game 2 by a score of 3-1. The Fleury chants didn’t work.
2018 IIHF World Hockey Championships (14/05/18)
- Russia defeats Slovakia 4-0. Zaitsev had the secondary assist on Nikita Gusev’s first-period goal bringing his tournament total 5 assists in 6 games.
- Norway shuts out Korea 3-0.
- The Czech Republic took their early 2-0 lead and turned it into a 4-3 victory over Austria.
- Canada was on their way to shutting out Latvia 1-0, but an early third-period tied things up. However, Connor McDavid unlocked his inner Sidney Crosby scoring the game-winner in overtime.
Enjoy your Tuesday Leafs fans! Would you pay for the LTS?