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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
- Early in the 2005-06 season, the Boston Bruins stunned the hockey world when they traded Joe Thornton to San Jose for Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau. On the surface, the deal made no sense. Thornton was then a 26-year-old centre who’d averaged over 80 points a season over the three previous seasons in the middle of the dead-puck era. The three players the Bruins received in return were all second-liners.
In search of illumination, I asked a Bruins insider why they’d make that deal.
“Because Joe’s not a leader and he’ll never be a leader,” said the insider.
Thought about that last week when the feud between Sharks GM Doug Wilson and Thornton became public. Thornton has put up big numbers in San Jose but the Sharks have never made it out of the West with him as the team’s leader.
The Bruins, you may be aware, won the Stanley Cup five years after the trade.
- Spot quiz. What do Zach Sill, T.J. Brennan, Andrew MacWilliam, Joakim Lindstrom and Brandon Kozun have in common?
Class? Anyone? Anyone?
No, they are not five people who’ve never been in my kitchen. They all played for the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. It’s sad, really.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
You have to wonder what the highly paid minds at Rogers are thinking these days about their Sportsnet’s investment in the NHL rights for the next 10 years.
Certainly the first year couldn’t possibly have gone much worse, particularly with their flagship-bearing team, the Toronto Maple Leafs in which they also have part ownership, being so bad at this point it’s actually hard to believe.
There is so much room on the ice for the opposition when they play. The Canucks must have thought they had stepped out of a straight jacket and onto a frozen Pacific ocean when it comes to the difference in skating room between the Leafs and LA Kings.
And what has to trouble those who invested the $5.2 billion into this product, expecting an uptick in ratings which has most certainly not materialized, is that there is no particular reason to think this team is going to get any better in the near future. That's at least if you look at it reasonably in terms of hiring people who might be able to turn it around.
"It's on us" says Leafs' coach Peter Horachek.
Kadri met with the media after practice today, he is scheduled to play tomorrow night.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I asked interim head coach Peter Horachek after Thursday's practice how he would have reacted had I told him in training camp that everything listed above was going to happen.
"Take a hike," Horachek said would have been his answer, and while he was chuckling, it's probably true.
I posed the same question to goalie James Reimer, to put himself back at camp and imagine for a moment that the season would have rolled out like this nightmare.
"No, going back to camp, I thought we had put a pretty good group here," Reimer said Thursday. "Obviously you're never going to have the perfect team, but we definitely had potential to do some stuff. If a team comes together, that's a real possibility. A lot of bad habits crept into our game. We just weren't able to correct them and things just kind of fell apart."
The Maple Leafs' headline-a-minute season has been the talk of the NHL. One cannot get off the phone with a coach or scout or team executive without the Leafs coming up unprompted in the conversation.
We asked one rival team executive Thursday how he would put the Leafs' season into words.
"Before the season began, they undercut a very good GM by firing his support staff," said the executive, referring to Dave Nonis and his assistants, Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin, who were let go last summer. "They fired a good -- albeit tough -- coach in Randy Carlyle before the midway point in the season and declared that his replacement was only a temp.
from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,
The Toronto Maple Leafs caused a bit of a ruckus Wednesday when president Brendan Shanahan announced the team was extending Nazem Kadri’s punishment by at least two more games.
Some praised the decision to make an example of players that don’t abide by the rules, but others questioned the manner in which the team went about it.
Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean believes the Maple Leafs mishandled the situation. He also said off-ice incidents with players happen all the time, only most teams keep the discipline private.
“I had a situation with [Nikolai] Zherdev [in Columbus] where I had to hire a private investigator to follow him for a week and come back to me with a written report as to what was really going on with this guy,” the former Blue Jackets general manager told Dean Blundell & Co. Thursday on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. “Then I got [the report] and I dealt with Zherdev and, yeah, he sat out some games, but nobody had a clue that it was going on. Nobody.”
You deliberately come before the media on the morning of a home game to castigate one of your players… and now you want everyone else to be quiet? To (in your words) “sweep it under the rug?”
I’m puzzled, Brendan.
For a guy that impressed so many people with thoughtful work during the lost season of 2004–05, and with innovative thinking while a National Hockey League executive in charge of discipline, today’s appearance before the cameras didn’t measure up.
I honestly hold you in higher esteem.
-Howard Berger of Beger Bytes where can read more on this topic...
That's Steve Spott, assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
There’s not a lot of hope, emotion, belief. This team is unaware enough to get mad at the outsiders, but not themselves.
This is what happens when you hit rock bottom. You become numb. You become emotional. You lose your will. And you stop playing for a coach who has no future.
The word “disgraceful” works here. For everyone involved.
-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun where you can read more on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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