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Defending Ron Wilson

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

The first line has been producing like a fourth unit so what’s the solution?

Fire the coach.

The highly touted rookie hasn’t developed enough so he had to be sent to the minors to learn how to be a pro and what to do?

Fire the coach.

The team loses five in a row (the better part of three of those without the captain) and the public has spoken.

Fire the coach.

Welcome to Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke’s world after a crazy week, one in which he has had to defend both his since injured captain Dion Phaneuf and his coach, Ron Wilson.

It’s part of the deal in a hockey first city where the team has lost five in a row, but fire Wilson now? Seriously?


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Leafs Continue To Fall

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It was one thing when it was Tim Thomas and Henrik Lundqvist.

But Jhonas (Don’t Forget the “H”) Enroth?

Of course, the fact that the Leafs couldn’t put more than three pucks (two in the game, one in the shootout) past the unknown 22-year-old Swedish goalie, who came into the game with almost four periods of NHL experience, really only cemented the obvious.

This one horribly offensively challenged Toronto squad.

Seeing Phil Kessel fall down not once but twice when breakaway opportunities presented themselves in overtime was just an exclamation point on the team’s offensive woes.


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Phaneuf Out At Least A Month

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Phaneuf suffered a deep cut last night. Burke says he’s out at least 4 weeks.

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No Trades Cooking For The Leafs

from Howard Berger of Fan590,

Maple Leafs’ general manager Brian Burke is well aware of his club’s offensive woes — some might suggest he even anticipated it — but he warned fans and media not to expect immediate scoring help.

“Obviously we’re having trouble putting the puck in the net right now, but I have nothing pending that might solve that,” Burke told a gaggle of reporters in the first intermission of the Leafs-Ottawa game at the Air Canada Centre. “We’re going to have to solve [the scoring issue] internally for now. We think some of our secondary scoring has to deliver — it hasn’t — and that has to change before we start ripping off a string of wins.”

When asked how long he is willing to “wait” before making a move, Burke replied, “In a cap system, it’s not so much a case of waiting to see if the guys can get [the job] done, as it is waiting for a [trade] opportunity to present itself. I do believe in this group and I believe if we’re patient, [the scoring situation] will turn around. But, if something presents itself, we’re going to look at it.”


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Video- Phaneuf Out With Lower Body Injury

via TSN,

Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf left Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators with what the team is calling a lower-body injury.

Phaneuf got tied up with Ottawa’s Peter Regin at 6:11 of the second period and fell awkwardly to the ice. He needed assistance to get to the team’s dressing room. The Leafs confirmed he would be out for the rest of the game.

The video below will show Phaneuf getting tangled up with Regin….

added 9:11pm, via John Shannon tweet,

From boos to worse…Phaneuf leaves ACC on stretcher…left knee iced and heavily bandaged.

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Home Town Fans Booing Phaneuf

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Brian Burke is a fervent believer that when fans purchase a ticket to a sporting event, those fans are entitled to boo or cheer or express themselves in any way they see fit, so long as it’s not vulgar or racist.
That said, the Toronto Maple Leaf general manager is also a big believer in freedom of speech and he said it is “disgraceful” that some fans at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night booed Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf.
“Are they entitled to do it?” Burke said, “Sure, they are. And I honestly don’t believe it was a lot of them. It doesn’t take many fans booing to be heard so I think we’re talking about a very small number, but my opinion is that it’s disgraceful to boo Dion Phaneuf for everything he has done for this franchise, on and off the ice, in a very short period of time.”


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Hockey Is Not Horsehoes

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

In current hockey vernacular, it’s called “net-front presence”; the ability for an offensive player to stand in the slot deflecting pucks and distracting the goalie.

The Leafs worked on it a lot at practice today. The theory being that since they can’t put a puck in the net, they might as well at least get near it.

Toronto has been shutout in two consecutive games, dropping consecutive 2-0 defeats to Boston and the Rangers. So, not surprisingly, much of today’s practice was spent getting their forwards to the net to establish screens and to work on tip-ins.

“Wreaking havoc,” is how winger Kris Versteeg put it.


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Colton Orr Will Skate With Pink Tonight

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Versteeg’s Back Issues Flare Up

from Jonas Siegel of am640,

Sidelined in Boston on Thursday, Kris Versteeg visited a doctor Friday for a back problem that’s troubled him the last few days. Following a light practice Friday afternoon, Ron Wilson indicated the possibility of an MRI for the 24-year-old Versteeg.

“He’s had issues with his back,” said Wilson. “It gets sore every once in a while and he needs to rest it.”

“He’s gone to see the doctor, maybe along the way get an MRI, I’m not really sure.”

Versteeg was a late scratch for the Leafs 2-0 loss in Boston Thursday night, after missing practice a day earlier with stiffness in his back. In his last two seasons with Chicago, Versteeg was the picture of health, missing just six games due to injury.

“You always are concerned,” said Wilson, “but I’m not gonna speculate [on the severity] right now. I have no idea.”


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Leafs/Devils Talking

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

The New Jersey Devils are weak on the blueline and the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the market for a top-six forward. Shouldn’t they be talking a little Tomas Kaberle? In fact, I have heard that is exactly the case. We all know Leafs GM Brian Burke has indicated he would honour Kaberle’s no-movement clause, but we also know Kaberle gave Toronto a list of teams that he would consider being sent to in a trade. You’d have to think Burke would be able to put pressure on Kaberle to accept a deal if the Devils offered him a quality forward.

more hockey topics…

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