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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The first crisis of the Brendan Shanahan era has arrived with the futures of general manager Dave Nonis and coach Randy Carlyle clearly in doubt.
Exactly how Shanahan will respond — or if he will respond in any meaningful way — will say much about the managerial style going forward of the first-year Maple Leafs president.
Carlyle could be fired. Nonis could be fired. Both could be fired. Or nothing can happen. Or Shanahan may prove himself to be unemotional after horrendous back-to-back drubbings against two of the lowest-scoring teams in the National Hockey League.
The next day or three will be more tense than usual around the Leafs — with no one certain as to what direction the team is heading in.
It's not going to be a good night in Toronto, the Leafs are down 8-0 to Nashville at home with about 12 minutes to play in the 3rd at the time of this post.
The Wings play in Winnipeg on Thursday night then head to Toronto for a Saturday night game.
Babcok may want to lay low until the puck drops.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Burke, now president of hockey operations with the Calgary Flames, spent parts of five years as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs before he was fired last year. The Leafs dominate the headlines like no other team in Toronto, and their relationship with the media became a talking point after a blowout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, when winger Phil Kessel told a reporter seeking comment: “Get away from me.”
“Look, it’s a different experience in Calgary than it was here in Toronto,” Burke said on Tuesday. “You have 100 outlets covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. So if they have a game like they had in Buffalo the other night, where they didn’t play particularly well, now those 100 people have to single out a target.
“So 20 of them go after the (general manager), 30 of them go after the coach, 30 of them go after the captain, and the rest go after Phil Kessel because he refused to talk to the media after.”
Burke was the executive who acquired Kessel’s rights for the Leafs, a highly scrutinized trade that sent two first-round draft picks (and a second-round pick) to the Boston Bruins in 2009. Kessel has been notoriously hesitant to speak with the media since he arrived.
“Why should Phil Kessel have to talk to these pukes every day?” Burke asked the room.
On second thought, perhape Reimer should have stayed in the net.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at Yahoo,
Centre Peter Holland asked goaltender James Reimer last week why Kessel's shot is so difficult to stop.
"It's just I guess the way the puck comes off the blade," Holland recalled. "It's tough for the goalies to read where it's going, whether it's going to be low, high, right corner, left corner."
Reimer, who has been on the receiving end of Kessel's shots in practice for four-plus seasons, said only Kessel and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals can get the puck off that quickly and with scarcely a hint of where it's going in the net.
Below, watch via Sportsnet YouTube channel,
Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel has one quick release and a mighty shot, which he displayed twice in a rout over the Bruins, so we thought we'd look back at a couple beauties from the past couple of years.
Not a happy team after a poor showing against Toronto last night.
Highlight for me was Scotty Newlands singing the national anthems which starts at the 7:00 mark.
Last night Chris Johnston of Sportsnet posted this on Ashton...
The use of Clenbuterol cost Alberto Contador a Tour de France title and Guillermo Mota the chance to win a second World Series with the San Francisco Giants.
Now it might keep Carter Ashton from continuing his NHL career.
Officially, the Toronto Maple Leafs winger was hit with a 20-game suspension for a positive test of the banned substance, but the ultimate penalty will likely end up being quite a bit steeper than that.
Fairly or not, Ashton is now going to be labelled as a user of performance-enhancing drugs. That the 23-year-old claims he accidentally ingested the fat-burning stimulant through a friend’s asthma inhaler won’t change much in the court of public opinion.
NEW YORK (Nov. 6, 2014) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton has been suspended for 20 games, without pay, for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.
Based on his average annual salary, Ashton will forfeit $169,185.
The National Hockey League will have no further comment on this matter.
Below, from Carter Ashton via the NHLPA...
via Shawn Mitchell of Puck-Rakers,
“We were a reactionary team. That’s the way we played the whole game. We reacted to the way they were playing, the score, the referees, we were reacting to all that instead of playing a proactive game and going after it. Emotions aside, the anger, all that – it’s extremely disappointing. For a group that prides itself on work and battle and competing, we had very little of that.” – (Todd) Richards.
via Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Subban, who signed a $72-million contract prior to the season, is minus-6 in the past two games and said he’s one of the players who has to be better.
“I’ll be accountable,” he said. “You can write whatever you want about me. If we win 6-0, I think I should be better. It starts with guys setting the tone and I’m one of the guys who has to do that. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.”...
“We have to do a better job of sticking to the plan,” said Subban. “We got away from it. They got some bounces, but they stuck to their plan.”
via Jonas Siegel of TSN,
Randy Carlyle could only sigh at the awful manner in which his team started in the Arizona desert.
"Turtle start," he said regretfully afterward, "it was slower than slow."
"It's a bad start," said Dion Phaneuf after the 3-2 loss to Arizona, who had won just twice in the previous eight games. "It's unacceptable to start that way. When you have a start like that it puts you behind the eight-ball and we were playing catch-up all night."
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