Toronto Maple Leafs pool money to help struggling Marlies
Toronto Maple Leafs pool money to help struggling AHL Marlies
Generosity is in the air. This follows news that the core Leafs are pooling money to help Marlies AHL teammates.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported on Saturday night that a group of well-paid Leafs NHL players had pooled money to make a contribution to their American League teammates.
Friedman relayed the story on Saturday’s Sportsnet version of their intermission show “Headlines”.
He also said it was one of the unofficial Leafs executives who pushed the Leafs’ money pooling idea forward. Jason Spezza reportedly pitched the idea to the core leadership of the Maple Leafs: get things done, distribute the wealth.
Spezza, 37, is on his second minimum league contract with the Leafs. However, he has gained a comfortable life throughout his 18-year career.
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It was a story / a move the Leafs were trying to keep quiet.
“Yeah, that’s obviously not quiet enough,” captain John Tavares told Sportsnet, when asked about it after Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
“I have to give Spezz a lot of credit on this one. He kind of put it front and center from a leadership standpoint, and the leadership group thought that was really important. I think we know – society as a whole, but certainly in our game – how difficult it is for so many people. So within the organization we wanted to make sure that we were trying to take care of our own.
What happened to AHL wages?
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 closures, the minimum wage for an AHL player for the 2020-2021 campaign is $ 51,000, according to the AHL ABC. However, due to the shortened season and zero-to-minimum gate earnings, player salaries have been reduced by 52%.
This minimum wage comes before the 52% cut and taxes that take even more from cash strapped players.
Due to the pandemic, many have suffered a long off season without a paycheck. They are now seeing their wages cut in half and should be playing at full capacity.
All professional leagues have taken a hit to their finances as a result of the pandemic. The AHL was hit even harder. There is no television contract to fall back on.
The Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t look so closely and didn’t have as much character as this current squad. With the leadership group led by Captain John Tavares and the multitude of seasoned veterans, this is a much more responsible team than we are used to.
Pay in advance
The team not only keeps themselves in check as they currently occupy the top spot in the North Division, they care for those around them.
Head coach Sheldon Keefe told Sportsnet’s Luke Fox that he had heard “rumors” about the gift for the AHL team.
“First of all, it just talks about the character of our group, but I think it also talks about the recognition that through this pandemic people from all walks of life are going through tough times and the hockey industry. too. at different levels, ”Keefe told Sportsnet’s Luke Fox.
“If you’re a guy who plays with a contract in AHL it’s a challenge to get through that time. I don’t know much about it, but I’m not surprised that our players have the character they have and that they are developing.
The Maple Leafs currently have 10 active players with estimated contract earnings of over $ 30 million. Of those 10, three players have grossed more than $ 70 million in career earnings. (All estimates are courtesy of capfriendly.com)
None of these players were supposed to, nor should they have to, “pass the plate” for their cash-strapped colleagues. But the gesture further illustrates the character and overall good qualities that are reflected throughout the Maple Leafs team.