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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.”
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…
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.
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.
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.”
from Bruce Garrioch of Off The Posts,
This guy really is something. This great man.
He has no clue that there’s something called selling the game of hockey.
How does he not play Martin Gerber tonight?
What is Wilson afraid of? Is Wilson afraid Gerber is going to get nailed by the Senators?
This is just ridiculous. Actually, it’s a joke. Wilson claims to not care about the media and then says he thinks the media in Ottawa is looking for mock Gerber.
a bit more...
Mike Van Ryn’s injury riddled first season in Toronto has come to an end.
Maple Leafs’ head coach Ron Wilson told reporters Monday that the blue liner had suffered a torn medial collateral ligament and would miss the remainder of the season.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
After all the noise, the hype, the pomp, this was Brian Burke’s first chance to strut his stuff as general manager of the Maple Leafs and on hockey’s busiest day he came away with a performance best deemed as underwhelming.
Maybe he did all he could. Maybe he had little to barter with. Maybe everyone’s expectations—yours and mine—were impossible to meet.
We expected a rabbit to get pulled out a hat and all we got was a phony trade where the Leafs paid real money (in salaries) to essentially purchase a fourth- round draft pick from the cash-poor Tampa Bay Lightning. That was creative, if not, insignificant. He needed an extra pick and for picking up about half a million in salary, he acquired one.
According to the ticker on TSN, the Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired rights to Olaf Kolzig, Jamie Heward and a 4th rounder from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Richard Petiot.
TSN reporting Toronto traded Moore but no team mentioned yet…
Update: Sportsnet reporting to Buffalo.
Update 3:12pm ET: TSN has the details—Moore traded for a 2nd round pick.
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