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Maple Leafs forward Darcy Tucker will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a right knee injury.
He suffered the injury Saturday night in the third period of a 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Update 10:15am ET: From the Globe & Mail,
Tucker has experienced knee soreness since the summer, but a collision along the boards early in the third period on Saturday hit his knee directly and has knocked him out of action.
An MRI performed on Sunday indicated damage to Tucker’s knee. He will not require surgery, but there is no time frame for a return.
from the Toronto Sun,
The Maple Leafs had just suffered another third-period meltdown last night, and Jason Blake was peeved.
“Every time we have a lead, we get burned,” the speedy winger calmly said after yet another Leafs collapse, an inexcusable 6-4 defeat to the fatigued Chicago Blackhawks at the Air Canada Centre.
“We sit back, don’t play as hard, and that’s why you take penalties.”
“I agree,” said Sundin, whose two-goal effort was one of the few bright spots for an otherwise hot-and-cold Leafs team. “That third period was terrible. We were soft. We took penalties. We didn’t skate well.
“I don’t know what’s going on, but this is a big concern. When you are up 3-1 going into the third period against a (tired) team, you should be able to close it out.”
from the Toronton Star,
Time was that when you wanted to learn more about a player or the game itself, you were limited to traditional forms of media. And, unless you wanted to head down the arena to boo, it was one-way communication.
Now, your favourite player might post a blog, he might be reading messages on social networking websites or he might have his own website on which he entertains comments and queries.
“Fans feel free to email me, ask a question or tell me I suck,” said Wade Belak, who started his own website as a way to keep family and friends in western Canada up to speed.
from the Toronto Star,
To any fans poised to uncork the boos at the Air Canada Centre tonight, besieged Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe offered some perspective.
“I’m one of the higher-paid guys on the team and they expect the world out of you. But I can’t turn water into wine every night,” he said yesterday.
“I’m not that type of player. I’m a hard-nosed player. I’ve been fortunate enough to get rewarded for some of my points over the years. I’m trying to earn it.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Maurice has a serious hockey problem on his hands: The Leafs, through seven games, are getting fine goaltending, killing penalties well—two things they didn’t have a year ago—but are giving up goals against in mind-boggling numbers.
Numbers that indicate this roster may be ill-suited to compete at the NHL level.
Numbers that indicate this coaching staff may not be able to fix what is wrong.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Among hockey broadcasters, speculation has Toronto Maple Leaf general manager John Ferguson fired in November if the team continues to lose more than it wins.
Who would replace him? Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Toronto based head of hockey operations, seems to be a favourite. But would the league allow him to leave his job in mid-season?
Would Scotty Bowman take the job?
Two views Bowman:
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Maybe the ACC boo-birds will take sensitivity training and back off, or perhaps McCabe will again start playing with confidence and win back popular support.
But there’s blood in the water, and McCabe looks like one rattled hockey player right now. If his troubles continue, does GM John Ferguson, like Fletcher did 10 years ago, fix the issue by shipping McCabe elsewhere?
JFJ would need the defenceman’s permission, of course. But as this lurches into Larry Murphy territory, such permission may not be hard to get.
from the Toronto Star,
Before your eyes begin to glaze over because this column deals with media access, be warned that it’s something all sports fans should be concerned about.
The latest skirmish in the ongoing war between the media and sports rights holders involves the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have banned hand-held video cameras from their dressing room both here and on the road.
From the CP via TSN,
Mats Sundin, displaying the classy modesty that has marked his tenure as captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was quick to thank the team’s loyal fans after he made franchise history.
With his 390th goal and 917th point in the blue and white, the Leafs’ 36-year-old Swedish captain moved past Darryl Sittler to set both club records during an 8-1 rout of the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Air Canada Centre announcer Andy Frost announced the three stars, and it was Sundin, Sundin and Sundin as more than 19,000 roared their approval.
From Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,
In the most telling moment of a season already in crisis, the highest paid Maple Leaf skated behind his own goal Tuesday night and proceeded to trip over the net.
Maybe Bryan McCabe had done this before. Maybe not. But the symbol was clear and not at all comical.
This is the player John Ferguson has chosen to build his team around. This is his Chris Pronger, his Nick Lidstrom. Ferguson cannot trade McCabe, cannot send him to the minors, cannot place him on waivers, can probably not look at him the wrong way and cannot keep him on his feet.
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