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Over the years, however, the stadium showed its age with many involved with the Jays quietly hoping demolition would be the answer rather than costly and logistically challenged renovations.
According to the Globe report, the new stadium would be part of a multi-billion project that would be built through private financing from the two principals. Obviously, the development would require approval and cooperation from all three levels of government.
Among the clearances needed would be with the land itself. Though Rogers owns the physical structure, the land it is built on is leased from Canada Lands Company, a federal Crown corporation.
“Prior to the pandemic, we were exploring options for the stadium but through this year our primary focus has been keeping our customers connected and employees safe, so there is no update on the Rogers Centre to share at this time,” said Rogers in a statement Friday.
Though there are still hurdles to negotiate and any project would take years to complete, the fact that plans have evolved to this point is a potentially massive transformation for Canada’s only MLB team.
The Rogers Centre hasn’t exactly been a draw for free agent players given that it is one of only two facilities in MLB that still has antiquated artificial turf, a playing surface despised by the majority of players.
Team president Shapiro has been asked repeatedly over the past two years about plans for renovations to the stadium and deftly dismissed such talk. Though there have been some cosmetic improvements in recent years, there has been no major structural upgrades. What has long been suspected is not clear: The priority has been to avoid spending good money after bad and focusing on a new structure.
Maple Leafs’ Spezza will retire if claimed on waivers, agent says – Sportsnet.ca
TORONTO — Jason Spezza simply can’t see himself playing anywhere else.
The veteran centre is so entrenched with the Toronto Maple Leafs that he’d rather walk away from the sport than report to another team that claims him off the waiver wire, according to agent Rick Curran.
“He’ll simply retire,” Curran told Sportsnet on Sunday.
The Leafs placed Spezza and No. 3 goaltender Aaron Dell on waivers as part of roster maneuvering needed to create flexibility in the wake of a left knee injury to Nick Robertson. The NHL’s other 30 teams have until noon ET on Monday to put in a claim.
While Dell is likely headed elsewhere — there’ve been four claims involving goaltenders already in this young NHL season — Spezza intends to stay in Toronto no matter what happens.
The 37-year-old relishes the role he’s carved out with his hometown Leafs and holds the cards here: In the event he was claimed by another team and refused to report, he’d likely see his $700,000 contract terminated.
That would allow him to sign another deal in Toronto.
Spezza said there was “unfinished business” when he returned to the Leafs on a second straight one-year contract in October, and understood at the time that a roster move like the one that occurred Sunday was possible because of the team’s salary cap position, according to Curran.
He’s taken on a mentorship role inside the organization — skating with Robertson and other prospects at the team’s practice facility throughout the off-season — while happily embracing a depth position on the roster.
Spezza is averaging 7:44 through three games and picked up his 600th career NHL assist in the season opener. He won all 10 faceoffs he took during Saturday’s 3-2 victory in Ottawa.
“To me, it’s special to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs,” Spezza said in September. “Being a Toronto boy, it’s something that I dreamed of, and you wanted to be a part of something special.
“I didn’t take for granted any days that I got to put the jersey on.”
He may get to do that again as soon as Monday night, when the Winnipeg Jets visit Scotiabank Arena — assuming he goes unclaimed.
The Leafs’ decision to place Spezza on waivers was tied directly to the knee injury Robertson suffered in Ottawa, the extent of which will be known following an MRI on Sunday. It temporarily left Toronto with only 17 healthy skaters on the active roster, forcing the team to make additional moves in order to bring up reinforcements from the taxi squad.
Spezza, the No. 2 pick in the 2001 draft, has appeared in more than 1,200 career NHL games and remains very much in the Leafs’ plans.
They remain in his, too.
Maple Leafs' Spezza will retire if claimed on waivers, agent says – Sportsnet.ca
TORONTO — Jason Spezza will retire if another NHL team claims him off the waiver wire, according to agent Rick Curran.
The Toronto Maple Leafs put the veteran centre and No. 3 goaltender Aaron Dell on waivers Sunday as part of roster maneuvering needed to create flexibility in the wake of a knee injury to Nick Robertson.
But Spezza, playing for his hometown team on a league-minimum $700,000 contract, has no intention of continuing his career anywhere else.
“He’ll simply retire,” Curran told Sportsnet.
The 37-year-old Spezza is in his second season with the Leafs and understood this kind of roster move was possible when he signed another deal with Toronto in October, according to Curran. He’s happy to serve a depth role for the organization — helping mentor younger players while playing fourth-line minutes.
Spezza is averaging 7:44 in the first three games with one assist. He won all 10 faceoffs he took during Saturday’s 3-2 victory in Ottawa.
Robertson suffered a left knee injury against the Senators and is due to undergo an MRI on Sunday to determine the extent of the damage. That left Toronto with only 17 healthy skaters on the active roster, forcing the team to make moves in order to bring up another body from the taxi squad.
Maple Leafs place Spezza, Dell on waivers – TSN
The Toronto Maple Leafs placed veteran forward Jason Spezza and goalie Aaron Dell on waivers Sunday.
Spezza has appeared in all three games for the Maple Leafs this season, registering an assist.
The 37-year-old is in his second season in Toronto. He finished with nine goals and 16 assists in 58 games for the Leafs last season.
Dell is behind starter Frederik Andersen and backup Jack Campbell on the Leafs’ depth chart in net and hasn’t appeared in a game for Toronto this season.
The 31-year-old played four seasons with the San Jose Sharks prior to his time in Toronto, and has a career 2.75 goals against average and .908 save percentage.
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