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by Paul on 02/07/11 at 03:33 PM ET
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
Phil Kessel tried to clear the air Monday morning after comments he made Sunday in practice where he was critical of his linemates, and indicated he and coach Ron Wilson do not speak.
Kessel said Sunday that “it’s not working here” — meaning his line with Tyler Bozak and Joey Crabb — but websites Monday morning interpreted “here” to mean he wanted a trade out of Toronto.
“I was talking about linemates, nothing else,” Kessel said.
“I love Toronto, I love this city and I love the fans and the team, I don’t want a trade or anything like that.”
added 2:57pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Toronto Maple Leaf general manager Brian Burke met separately this morning with head coach Ron Wilson and winger Phil Kessel. His message was the same to the two individuals, who traded barbs through the media yesterday.
“I just told them to, ‘Sort it out with each other, get it cleared up,’” Burke said. “Because neither one of them is going anywhere. I am not trading the player. I am not firing the coach.
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