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from the Toronto Maple Leafs,
David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that Mark Hunter, a veteran forward of 12 seasons in the National Hockey League, has been named the club’s Director of Player Personnel. The Petrolia, Ontario native played in 628 career NHL regular season games and 79 more in the postseason from 1981 to 1993.
“I am very excited about joining the Toronto Maple Leafs organization,” said Hunter. “I am grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me by Brendan Shanahan, David Nonis and the entire management team. I would like to thank the London Knights organization for 12 great years. I am looking forward to the start of a new chapter in Toronto.”
Talent-wise, there’s not too much difference, to be honest.
-Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs, comparing himself with John Tavares of the New York Islanders. More on Kadri and the Leafs from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star.
Randy Carlye said post-game Kozun has a possible high-ankle sprain but an MRI today will reveal the damage.
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
The fact is the Maple Leafs are like the Yankees – not in the sense that they win or buy championships (the Leafs haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967) or that almost everyone roots against them. It’s just in the sense that everyone keeps tabs on what they’re doing. That probably has a lot to do with the fact that Toronto is the biggest hockey market – in terms of demands for tickets and television rights, etc. – and therefore they have a dizzying amount of revenue. But I also think it’s something else.
Following the Leafs is like following a soap opera. There is constant public drama.
Irascible former team president Brian Burke didn’t exactly quell that situation, and the recent hiring of Brendan Shanahan to run the whole operation – while not firing GM Dave Nonis or coach Randy Carlyle – led to a more intriguing scenario. And now they have made a full-on publicity stunt out of their adoption of advanced statistics.
“It sucks, I don’t like it all. But I’m not going to let it ruin my confidence or my self-esteem as a player because at the end of the day I know what I can do and I believe in myself.
“I don’t want to say it works because then they’ll just keep giving me tough love,” he continued. “[But] I think I respond well to it. It doesn’t really bother me. I’m a pretty thick-skinned kid, even going back to minor hockey; I’ve had some pretty tough coaches. I don’t like it so much and sometimes I’m not so patient with it, but I think I react well. It doesn’t really bother me. It’s not like I go into a shell after I get ripped out or reamed out, I just continue playing my game.”
-Nazen Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs on the 'tough love' he has received from coaches. Jonas Siegel of TSN with the story on the tough love Jake Gardiner is now receiving.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Given the climate within the game that has evolved over the past number of seasons there is heightened awareness and sensitivity to player safety issues. Ongoing studies conducted by both NHL and independent medical experts provide scientific evidence and newfound knowledge that is slowly changing attitudes and redefining acceptable practices and behavior.
This is being addressed in part, with the addition of new rules relative to protective equipment. Last season visors became mandatory for any player with fewer than 25 games of NHL experience (rule 9.7). In addition, no player is allowed to remove his helmet prior to engaging in a fight. If he does so, a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct will be assessed under rule 46.6.
You witnessed a continuation of the player safety theme on Tuesday night when Linesmen Scott Driscoll and Greg Devorski demonstrated their good judgment and quick response to intervene in an altercation before it escalated to full-blown fisticuffs.
more and you can watch the incident below...
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
Phil Kessel might have done something more than score the winning goal for the Leafs in the club’s overtime win against Colorado Tuesday night.
He might have just helped make his case for being the best player on a Canadian-based NHL team.
Kessel, ever since he came to Toronto five years ago an in much debated trade with Boston, has arguably not been portrayed as an “elite” level player, parallel with the likes of the Sedins, Erik Karlsson, Evander Kane, and P.K. Subban, who are superstars with other Canadian teams in the NHL.
continued and according to Toronto Star readers, Kessel is by far the best...
Here is the head contact on James Reimer by Dominic Moore from last night.
Postgame, Reimer said he is fine and the Leafs were following league protocol.
My thumb is down to Phil Kessel, and I know—that means I have to stand in line. But really, shouldn’t Kessel think for half a second and realize that his best reaction to his part in Toronto’s season-opening loss against Montreal was not “you guys need to relax”? Nobody’s relaxing, Phil, except, perhaps, you in the Leafs’ Saturday night clunker against Pittsburgh. It doesn’t match Kessel’s chart-topping tweet from April that declared “Night fishing with friends—doesn’t get much better”. The sting of missing the playoffs had worn off, apparently. What Toronto fans need to hear from Kessel is that losses bother him. Even if they don’t.
-Dave Hodge of TSN.
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