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Wrong Message

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Given that Liambas has no noticeable offensive skills, isn’t renowned for his defensive play and isn’t about to make any roster let alone an all-star team as a skilled player, it’s fair to say that all he’s shown to be capable of is hitting people, hurting people and fighting with people.

I have already expressed some strong opinion on this subject earlier this week on the FAN 590’s PrimeTime Sports with Bob McCown and I don’t back away from any of them. I think this signing smacks of a publicity stunt, not uncommon for a franchise that annually misses the playoffs and is under scrutiny for what’s been essentially a do-nothing offseason.

I’m also bothered by the fact that this offer comes from Burke, a man who argues, sometimes vehemently, that thuggery (my word, not Burke’s) and “truculent play” (his words not mine) are essential to the game.

I’m bothered even more by the fact that this is a huge part of Burke’s vision of the game.

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Michael Liambas Gets Another Shot

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The Maple Leafs are giving banished junior Michael Liambas a chance to resume his hockey career.

On Oct. 30, 2009, Liambas was playing for the Erie Otters’ when he drove Kitchener’s Ben Fanelli into the boards, causing a serious head injury. Liambas, now 21, was given a season-long suspension by CHL commissioner David Branch that ended his junior career.

The Leafs invited Liambas to their rookie camp which begins Saturday in London, Ont.

“We’re going to give him a chance at rookie camp,” said Toronto general manager Brian Burke.

“He’s an honours student. Everyone that’s ever played with him raves about his character. (Erie general manager) Sherry Bassin and (coach) Robbie Ftorek told me he’s as good a kid as they’ve ever had.

continued and if you need a refresher on the hit, watch it below…

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OHL Supsends Michael Liambas For The Year

Toronto, ON - The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of its review of an incident which occurred in the game played in Kitchener on Friday, October 30th, 2009 between the Kitchener Rangers and the visiting Erie Otters.

The incident in question involved player Michael Liambas of the Erie Otters who was assessed a match penalty for boarding as the result of his hit on Kitchener Rangers player Ben Fanelli who sustained an injury to the head on the play.

In making the announcement as the result of the review, Commissioner David Branch stated that…”players must understand they shall be held accountable for their actions.  We must all work towards improving the level of respect players have towards opposing players and the game in general”.

“It is the position of the Ontario Hockey League that player Michael Liambas of the Erie Otters Hockey Club be suspended for the balance of the 2009-10 playing season including playoffs”.

added 1:48pm, In case you missed the video of the hit earlier, I have added it below..

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