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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: August 13, 2014

The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to pay homage to their past by building a monument that will feature statues of various Leafs legends sitting on a players’ bench just outside the Air Canada Centre. The first three honourees will be announced tomorrow morning at the site where construction has already begun. The plan is to add three former Leafs to the bench every year leading up to the team’s 100th anniversary in 2017. Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun has the details.

Before beginning the countdown, clrkaitken of Pension Plan Puppets remembers the former members of the PPP Top 25 Under 25 who have since moved on, either due to age or leaving the team. I can’t believe Joe Colborne was ranked sixth in last year’s list.

The Toronto Marlies made another move to shore up their depth by signing 20-year-old former Soo Greyhound centre Patrick Watling. As Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation writes, Watling played for Leafs assistant general manager (and probable new Toronto Marlies general manager) Kyle Dubas and also played with Garret Sparks and Matt Finn on the Guelph Storm.

The Florida Panthers continue to flounder financially. Team owner Doug Cifu said he’s losing $30-million annually and The Hockey News reported the team’s debt is around $250-million. It’s hard to imagine they’ll be able to stick around South Florida much longer. The story is from the QMI Agency.

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