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Friday’s FTB: The Milwaukee Maple Leafs?

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It’s moments like these that turn pessimism and cynicism into a bunch of “I told you so’s.”

The NHL’s target date started with December 1st, which moved to January 1st and now January 13th but a lot of things need to be put in place for that to happen. And that, at first, had only to do with scheduling “ignoring” the health complications for the time being. Or so we thought.

Turns out the NHL is considering taking the All-Canadian Division fans were looking forward to and moving it south of the border. Instead of watching the Leafs take on the Habs, Oilers and Sens to name a few 9 times over a 56-game campaign, they would instead be realigned with the rest of the league.

As Katya mentioned, this could all just be a political smirk from the NHL to get the Canadian government to allow their plans to go in motion. However, it doesn't look as if the Public Health Agency of Canada cares.

The Toronto Raptors have already called Tampa Bay their home for their NBA 2020/21 season. Perhaps the Leafs will have to end up doing the same thing.

The Kansas City Maple Leafs? The Cincinnati Maple Leafs? The Milwaukee Maple Leafs!?

Either way, there is one thing to know for sure. February 1st is looking more and more likely.

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