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FTB: One last light workload week for the Leafs

Only two games for the Leafs this week before the February schedule kicks in with a game every other day.

Toronto Maple Leafs shirt at the Spirit of Hockey official... Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images

The Maple Leafs will play their first home game in three weeks on Wednesday as they wrap up the lightened January schedule which eliminated some most games due to the Scotiabank Arena having an crowd capacity cap in place which meant fans could not attend and spend millions of dollars that would go to the infamous “hockey-related revenue” pool, which is divided 50-50 between the players and owners of the league.

And it is millions per game; as reported by Elliotte Friedman on the weekend, a Leafs home game can take in over $3million gross, so moving as many home games to February and beyond preserves some of that cash flow as the attendance caps will be phased out in the coming weeks, as now confirmed by the Ontario government.

But all this makes for a a very busy February. Aside from a precious few days off around the All-Star Game, which is on Saturday next week, the Leafs will essentially spend all of February playing three or four games a week, with the schedule having a game every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, plus one Tuesday game thrown in for fun too. Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are the days off.

In the meantime, we await the arrival of the Anaheim Ducks here in Toronto in two more days.

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