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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
It promises to be an interesting week for the Leafs.
Up first is a home game tomorrow night against Anaheim, and much of the talk will be about Ducks GM Brian Burke and his signing with Toronto when his contract expires in July.
“It will be an opportunity for you guys (the media) to get things going,” Fletcher said. “We have to focus on what we have to do – try to beat Anaheim in a hockey game.”
While the Leafs work on their hockey skills, Fletcher will be putting his managing skills to the test. The league’s GMs meet at the end of the week in Chicago, and Trader Cliff anticipates the seeds of future deals will be planted.
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
Leaf fans lucky enough to have a view of the team’s bench from their seats will notice something new by the end of the month.
But they may need a computer handbook to figure it out.
Tablet PCs, hard wired into a Sling Box streaming device, will be mounted at both ends of the bench, lending a bit of Bill Gates wizardry to Leaf games.
“It’s all about getting information into a player’s hands quickly and efficiently,” Leafs assistant coach Rob Zettler said, making it sound easy.
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A sneak preview of the NHL Network’s new show “Voices”. The show profiles NHL broadcasters who bring life to the game with their words and calls.
A preview with Joe Bowen…
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Toronto Maple Leafs Coach Ron Wilson was strolling through Yorkville, the trendy downtown Toronto neighbourhood recently, when a fan yelled, “Hey Wilson, you need to turn those guys into a bunch of Wendel Clarks’!” Wilson, who majored in Sarcasm at University, responded: “Wendel was good, but how many Cups did he win?” When the fan wouldn’t shut up, Wilson kept going. “Hey buddy, can you turn the cup of coffee I’m holding into a glass of red wine? I can’t either.” The fan, confused and defeated, quietly walked away.
more notes from James Duthie…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
If there’s anyone out there who can explain the NHL’s rationale when it comes to meting out discipline, please contact The Hockey News as soon as possible.
Let’s take the Ryan Hollweg suspension, just for fun. Hollweg drills Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues into the boards from behind during a game Monday afternoon. It earns him an automatic three-game suspension, his second automatic suspension in a matter of weeks. The league has the latitude and discretion to add as many games as it sees fit, but opts to let a habitual and egregious offender go without any further discipline.
from Ian Winwood of the Guardian,
The part of me that wants to get this column written so that I can go to bed is tempted to say it would be good for hockey were the team to once more find their mojo. But I’m not sure this is at all true; in fact, I’m not sure that it would be good for anyone other than Toronto were Toronto to once more find their mojo. The NHL needs the Maple Leafs, but it needs the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Islanders too; it doesn’t need them to be successful, it just needs them to be.
If it sounds like I have a downer on the Leafs then, well, that might be true. But perhaps it would be truer to say I have a downer on the element of their fanbase that believes that success is a divine right and that can neither accept nor understand the fact that this ain’t necessarily so.
from Damien Cox at The Spin Blog,
Hollweg is about to receive his second suspension in a matter of weeks, a three-gamer this time for checking from behind, his favourite hockey play.
Let’s be clear. This oaf on skates doesn’t score goals, or set up plays, or generate a forecheck or even protect his teammates. Ever since he’s been in the league, he has been known as a player who does one of three things every time he’s on the ice:
1) Takes about 25 strides and charges an opponent.
2) Leaves his feet to hit an opponent.
3) Hits opponents from behind.
He’s a dangerous, dangerous hockey player, and for all the wrong reasons. Everybody knew it before he got here after his years of playing for the Rangers.
Hollweg returns from suspension and promplty hits Alex Pietrangelo of the Blues from behind, 5 minute major and a game. I do believe an automatic suspension comes with it, possibly three games.
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from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
“I’ve already seen how every- body gets euphoric when you win a game and how every- body wants to blow up the world when you lose a game, and I don’t understand that kind of hysteria. And a lot of it comes, believe it or not, from the media—in the sense of a bipolar approach to reporting, instead of a nice and even approach to everything,” Wilson said, after being asked how his club could beat the Wings 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena, and then lose 6-1 to Montreal at the ACC.
Wilson, like pretty well every other professional coach in North America, insisted that he does not read newspapers, but gets a sense of the media “hysteria” by the questions asked—and it’s something he doesn’t love, nor does he want his players to get caught up in it.
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