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From the CP via TSN:
The reason for the rivalry remains unknown, however team mates on both sides believe it has something to do with sharing the same nationality. Older brother Andrei [Kostitsyn] would not discuss the feud but did state that [Mikhail] Grabovski “…talks too much in the Russian newspapers about me and my brother.”
While both players were born in Belarussia, Grabovski believes that Kostitsyn’s heritage should be questioned. “I think he is not Belarussian now, he is French because I never fight with Belarussian guys.”
Canadiens heavyweight Georges Laraque thought the prospect of the two flyweights throwing down would be hilarious.
“I think it would look really funny,” Laraque said of the potential tilt between the pair who are both generously listed at 5’11”.
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Brian Burke appeared on Fan590 about an hour ago. Burke talked Leafs and then was asked about the Pronger to Toronto rumors. His response, “He is not coming here, not a chance.”
Burke then went on to say the package Anaheim GM Bob Murray would get for Pronger is a “#1 pick and a kid.” I found it a bit interesting Burke did not say if he is traded, but instead just said this is the type of package Anaheim will get for Pronger.
You can listen here and the Pronger topic starts at the 7:20 mark..
Penguins centre Tyler Kennedy has been suspended one game by the NHL for initiating a fight with the Maple Leafs’ Luke Schenn on Saturday night.
The Leafs had asked the league to review the incident, saying that Kennedy had come off to the Pens’ bench to start an altercation with the young defenceman.
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
Luke Schenn’s fight with Tyler Kennedy in the second period last night was a crowd pleaser, but the Leafs were far less enamoured with Kennedy’s actions prior to the bout.
Toronto GM Brian Burke phoned NHL disciplinarians last night seeking a review of the incident at 9:36, which the Leafs feel was instigated by Kennedy.
“(Burke) called the league and they are investigating,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson said after the Leafs’ 5-4 win over Kennedy’s Penguins.
“In my opinion, he (Kennedy) came off the bench and instigated the fight, so we’ll see what the league’s investigation finds.”
continued and watch the video evidence below…
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle will be out at least four weeks after being diagnosed with a broken hand.
Kaberle leads the Leafs defence in scoring this season with 30 points (four goals, 26 assists) in 49 games, but is a minus-12.
from Wendel Clark at the Toronto Sun,
In looking back at the period of my career when I had the privilege of calling Doug Gilmour a teammate with the Maple Leafs, one thing will always stand out.
During the back-to-back seasons of 1992-93 and ‘93-94, when we made it to the conference final on each of those occasions, Dougie was more than just the best player on our team. He was arguably the best player in the entire National Hockey League.
That might be construed as a bit of a bold statement. But for me, looking back, I didn’t see anyone better during those two seasons….
Two months ago, I had the honour of having a banner with my No. 17 go into the rafters. Tonight, Dougie’s No. 93 will go up there too.
It is very well-deserved, Dougie. Congratulations.
added 9:22am, On a lighter note, check out the Gilmour look from 1993 at Empty Netters.
from Dave Hodge at TSN,
Let’s start with thumbs down to the makeover of the Maple Leafs, which hasn’t started yet - and so it’s really thumbs down to the effect the uncertain future is having on certain players.
General Manager Brian Burke is known to dislike European-born players and small players - sounds like a sweeping and quite irrational generalization, but the proof appears to be in the statistics.
Free agent-to-be Nik Antropov, who would have reason to believe he’d be traded no matter where he was born, has been in a plus-minus free fall since Burke took over. he has gone from plus two to minus 12.
Same with the other Nik - Hagman - who’s European and small. Before Burke - plus three - now, minus nine.
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One of the most eminent sports psychology experts in the country, Paul Dennis has a PhD in sports psychology and teaches at Toronto’s York University. The Leafs player development coach, Dennis has worked for the club for 19 years.
Mapleleafs.com’s Mike Ulmer visited with him to talk about what everyone wants: a return to the winner’s bracket for the Maple Leafs.
Ulmer: What are the impediments, other than talent, to winning?
Dennis: The individual’s mindset: self-doubt, self-criticism, worry. These are all aspects the athletes is in control of.
Ulmer: Are athletes more or less insecure than the average person on the street?
Dennis: I think they are considerably more insecure. A lot of people would see the glamour and not agree with my assessment. They see hockey players as successful and skillful. That is true and the term we refer to is ‘self-efficacy.’
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
One of the things being discussed is the future of Ottawa Senators netminder Martin Gerber. He’s been waived by the team and is expected to meet today with Sens GM Bryan Murray to figure out what happens next.
The Flames are rumoured to be considering bringing the veteran in as insurance in case workhorse Miikka Kiprusoff succumbs to a late-season injury.
According to a colleague in the nation’s capital, the belief is the Flames might be interested if the Sens are willing to pick up half of the $1.5 million left on Gerber’s salary.
via Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
We said it before the season started and we’ll say it again now: Enjoy Michael Cammalleri the rest of the season, because on July 1, he’ll be a Toronto Maple Leaf, making almost as much money as Jarome Iginla.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
“When I talk about having a hard-nosed team, I want to make it clear that I love skill, first and foremost,” he said. “If you look at the teams I had in Vancouver, we had a ton of skill and a lot of hard-hat guys.
“I draw a line right through the top six [forwards] and bottom six. The bottom six guys have to bring a pick and a shovel to work. They have to do the penalty killing, block the shots, they have to win the fights and deliver the bodychecks. The top six have to put the points up on the scoreboard.
“We have a lot of work to do. There are a bunch of holes on this team. The one motto I have with my players is: no complaints, no excuses. I’m not going to complain.
“I don’t have this and I don’t have that. We’ll get things fixed here, but it will take some time.”
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