TURNING OVER A NEW ARENA LEAF IN TORONTO?
Maple Leafs President Ken Dryden "is leaving the door
open to a joint-arena deal" with the Raptors, but said that
the team "is committed to a full investigation of a new,
proposed arena at Exhibition Place," according to Jim Byers
of the TORONTO STAR. Dryden's comment comes "amid reports
of what one source called a battle royal amongst Maple Leaf
Gardens shareholders." A source said Minority Owners,
including Larry Tanenbaum, are "engaged in a battle" with
Majority Owner Steve Stavro "to try to convince him to join
the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre" (TORONTO STAR, 11/24).
Leafs VP/Project Dir Tom Anselmi said that the team "will go
to the Canadian National Exhibition board" today with plans
for a sports, retail and entertainment complex that would
include the new Maple Leaf Gardens" (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/22).