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from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,

The Toronto Maple Leafs caused a bit of a ruckus Wednesday when president Brendan Shanahan announced the team was extending Nazem Kadri’s punishment by at least two more games.

Some praised the decision to make an example of players that don’t abide by the rules, but others questioned the manner in which the team went about it.

Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean believes the Maple Leafs mishandled the situation. He also said off-ice incidents with players happen all the time, only most teams keep the discipline private.

“I had a situation with [Nikolai] Zherdev [in Columbus] where I had to hire a private investigator to follow him for a week and come back to me with a written report as to what was really going on with this guy,” the former Blue Jackets general manager told Dean Blundell & Co. Thursday on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. “Then I got [the report] and I dealt with Zherdev and, yeah, he sat out some games, but nobody had a clue that it was going on. Nobody.”


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Alan's avatar

and I dealt with Zherdev and, yeah, he sat out some games, but nobody had a clue that it was going on. Nobody

When I read stories like this, it makes me happy because the internal affairs of a team and its personnel are kept internal. When I read stories about what’s going on with Kadri, and what went on with Kane in Winnipeg, it makes me cringe. That shit needs to stay internal, and not muddy up the waters of the press.

There are certain things fans need to know, and certain things we don’t need to know. The internal affairs, and how said affairs are being dealt with, it not something we need to know, and it’s certainly not something every amateur and professional “sports writer” in Toronto needs to run to their blogs or editors with stories for.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 03/12/15 at 03:50 PM ET

Steeb's avatar

With the arrival of Sportsnet on the scene, they talk about Toronto like there aren’t 29 other teams in the league—or even 5 other teams in Canada. Check out Hockey Central @ Noon (radio in Canada, NHL Network in the US), and clock the time they spend on the Leafs. They spent an hour on Kadri yesterday, minus a few non-Leafs-related phone interviews. For f*#$k’s sake, they spent 10 minutes today on how there isn’t anything to talk about the Leafs today! I realize the Leafs are the biggest market in the league, and the fiasco that is this season is news(cringe)worthy. I get that. But they barely mention the Habs (who are having a great season), other than to pump Cary Price’s tires, and don’t really mention any other teams, even if they’re playing that day, other than to promote their coverage. It’s not a regional broadcast, it’s coast-to-coast.

Posted by Steeb on 03/12/15 at 06:46 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Can’t say I disagree harken.

I watch it on the NHL Network but once the Leafs chatter starts, and it happens way too often for my liking, I move on.

Lately even their NHL webpage has at least 3-5 stories on the Leafs.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/12/15 at 06:50 PM ET

Canucklehead's avatar

Sportsnet is terrible for Leaf bias in their stories.  I thought TSN was bad enough with the number of Leaf stories, but Sportsnet just goes overboard with it.  It’s not just the Leafs, though.  The Canadian teams get most of the press, no matter who it is.  I know it’s a Canadian site, but geez, 3/4s of the league is in the States and there are a lot of fans up here who cheer for American teams who’d like more info on them without having to search all over the place for stories.

Posted by Canucklehead from Ottawa, Ontario on 03/13/15 at 07:39 AM ET

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