Ferguson favours more Detroit games

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

SUNRISE, Fla. -- John Ferguson will arrive at the general managers meetings next week looking to add more Red Wings, Flames, Oilers and Canucks to his team's diet.

The Maple Leafs GM will push for a revamped schedule, one that would see Toronto play those aforementioned teams more than the current two times every three years.

"I will champion the cause to offer a greater variety of opponents at the Air Canada Centre, with an eye toward providing additional Canadian content, as well as attempting to rekindle the traditional Detroit-Toronto rivalry," Ferguson said last night via e-mail.

With Detroit and Toronto just a four-hour drive apart on the 401, it seems ludicrous that these Original Six clubs do not meet more often.

Meanwhile, NHL teams in western Canada will not see the Leafs or Montreal Canadiens visit until 2008-09 under the current system.

"It's stupid," Leafs forward Wade Belak, who was born in Saskatoon, said. "People out there love watching the Habs and the Leafs come to town, and they've been stripped of the opportunity.

"Just don't schedule any more games against Ottawa, please."

Defenceman Bryan McCabe, who grew up in Calgary, supports the efforts of his general manager.

"Being a westerner, I'm biased, but I know the Leafs are a big deal out there when we play there," McCabe said.


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