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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.
TSN reporting Nik Antropov traded to the Rangers. Details coming…
added 2:50pm, TSN reporting a 2nd and a conditional pick.
The NHL Network is reporting that Dominic Moore is on his way to Chicago.
Updates coming soon.
Update 1:50pm ET: TSN is saying that Brian Burke has denied this report.
According to a TSN trade alert (via SMS) Martin Gerber has now joined the Toronto Maple Leafs. after being picked up on re-entry waivers.
No online link available yet.
added 12:11pm, TSN Link and Toronto also picked up Erik Reitz.
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