Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/11/12 at 12:42 PM ET
from Doug Gilmour at the Toronto Sun,
Over the years, I’ve heard about how Mats didn’t really get the full respect he deserved from Leaf fans during his time in Toronto because he might not crush defenders all over the ice like Wendel did, or perform with the same style as yours truly.
In my mind, that has never been a fair comparison.
Everyone is different. Everyone plays with their own style.
Inside our dressing room with the Maple Leafs, we knew what we had with Mats. He was a warrior, a trait he never fully got credit for outside of our room.
But, like I said, we knew.
With Mats deservedly having his No. 13 honoured on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre prior to the game against the Montreal Canadiens, there has been a lot of suggestions that he finally is getting the appreciation he deserved now that he has been out of sight, out of mind for a few years.
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