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Cujo Has No Retirement Plans

From Mike Zeisberger in the Toronto Sun:

Curtis Joseph has put any potential retirement plans on hold.

Buoyed by his improved play of late, the veteran goaltender said he would like to continue strapping on the pads in the NHL next season.

“No question, I still want to play,” Joseph said after the Maple Leafs had completed their noontime practice at the BankAtlantic Center today.

“It’s easier to retire when you don’t feel good. That was the case earlier in the season. But I’m having fun now. I’m really enjoying the game.”

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The Difference Between The Leafs & Rangers

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Nik Antropov wants to stress that he is not slagging the Maple Leafs.

At the same time, the veteran forward admits noticing a difference between his former team and the New York Rangers, the squad he was shipped to at the trade deadline two weeks ago.

“The whole team is really close here,” Antropov said in a phone interview. “That’s something we never really had in Toronto the past few years.

“One of the reasons is all the new faces we had with the Leafs in the last two or three years. And then there were different coaches, different systems. That all plays a part in it.

“It’s not a shot at Toronto. I loved my time there. But I did notice the difference when I got here.”

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Ron Wilson On Toronto’s Goalie Prospect

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

When asked if Pogge would be summoned from the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies over the final few weeks of the season, Wilson said post-trade deadline callup restrictions make such a move difficult.

Then came a stinging shot at Pogge’s less-than-stellar performance of late.

“He has not performed well since he went back to the minors,” Wilson said. “He has to play better.

“We’re not going to reward him for poor play.”

General manager Brian Burke said management still has high hopes for Pogge.

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Leafs Continue To Battle, With Each Other

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Don’t expect Mikhail Grabovski and Jason Blake to exchange Christmas cards any time soon.

For the second time in a month, the two players were involved in an altercation, this time during the Maple Leafs practice at the St. Pete Times Forum yesterday afternoon.

The incident occurred when Grabovski hit Blake from behind during a drill, leading to a scrum that included veteran Jamal Mayers.

A couple of minutes later, Blake skated over to Grabovski and began chirping, causing Tomas Kaberle to come in and calm Blake down.

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A Look At Terry Sawchuk

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Martin Brodeur and Terry Sawchuk might be the Kings of the Shutout, but the NHL has rarely seen two more different personalities.

Fire and ice, as they say….

As a young kid, Sawchuk was forced to strap on the pads and go in net for a team in Winnipeg to replace their previous goalie, who had passed away. The boy who died just happened to be Sawchuk’s brother.

When he was 12, Sawchuk remained tight-lipped about hurting his right arm in a game of rugby. Two years later doctors found it had been broken and, subsequently, had healed poorly, leaving it two inches shorter than his left arm.

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Leafs Coach Thinking Next Season

from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson held a meeting yesterday to suggest summer vacation plans.

Essentially, Wilson reminded his players that the organization will expect them to report to training camp next fall in much better shape than last year—and that means they’ll be given off-season training regimens to follow, which will be probably be more intense that what they’ve had in the past.

“I want to keep hammering this point home until everybody realizes what’s going to be expected of them this summer,” Wilson said yesterday, following practice at Lakeshore Lions Arena. “This isn’t, ‘Thank God we got through the season and I’m taking two months off, and you’ll see me on the beach in the Bahamas.’ No. We’re talking right now about making sure that everybody understands the importance of conditioning and taking care of themselves.”

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Ron Wilson Tossed

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

“They want to take fighting out of the game,” growled the Toronto forward, “and all the stick work is going up.”

Ondrus was referring to Evgeny Artyukhin, the 6-foot-5 behemoth of the Bolts, whom Ondrus claimed was jabbing him liberally near the end of the game and getting away with no retribution.

“Maybe someone beats the crap out of him and he doesn’t do it again,” Ondrus said. “I was standing there and he put his stick between my legs and he tried to lift me up or something, I don’t know what he was doing. I don’t think he speaks a word of English so that was another problem.”

Ondrus wound up with a 10-minute misconduct, but enraged coach Ron Wilson went one better by berating referees Kevin Pollock and Chris Lee to the point they gave him a game misconduct rather than a bench minor. Loud applause followed Wilson through the exit tunnel.

more and watch a video of Wilson being tossed below…

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Ron Wilson Annoyed With Howard Berger

Ron Wilson ‘addresses’ Leafs beat-man Howard Berger after last night’s victory over the Islanders.

Howard Berger of Fan590 responds…

If there is one thing, among many, that I’ve learned in my first season around Ron Wilson, it’s that the coach of the Maple Leafs doesn’t react well to criticism. That’s not to suggest the other Leaf coaches I’ve had experience with in the past 20 years enjoyed being challenged, but Wilson takes it as a particular affront — mainly because of his heightened sensitivity to all things media.

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Witt May Be A Marked Man Tonight

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

As fate would have it, Brendan Witt’s comeback from a five-game suspension for a blow to the head of Maple Leafs forward Niklas Hagman will be in Toronto tonight at Air Canada Centre. Although the shot Witt delivered was unintentional because he had no stick and simply was trying to get his body in Hagman’s way, the Islanders defenseman understands if Toronto fans or the Leafs themselves demand retribution.

Asked if he might be a marked man tonight, Witt said, ” don’t know. I played with Ron [Wilson, the Toronto coach]. He coached me in Washington. He’s not that type of guy. But if it is, we’ll just address it. If I’ve got to fight, I’ve got to fight, and then, it’s forgotten about. It’s a part of the game.

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Spezza Caught With Skinny Blade

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

With 2:16 left in the third period, the Leafs coach asked for a measurement on Senators centre Jason Spezza’s stick, questioning the width of the blade.

While Spezza was found guilty of using an illegal stick, the Leafs were unable to score on the ensuing power play and the Senators pulled off their third straight victory with a slim 2-1 decision in front of only 18,898 fans (The last time the Senators didn’t sell out a Toronto game was Dec. 5, 2005, when only 18,860 were on hand).

“The boys did a good job of killing that for me. You don’t want to see them score when you get a penalty for a call like that,” said Spezza, who had an assist on Heatley’s goal. “Nobody here knows the rules. I don’t know what the clarification is. We still never got an answer. (Refereee Dan O’Halloran) just told me it was too skinny. It’s apparently too skinny. Real dangerous, I guess.”

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