Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 01/15/09 at 01:29 AM ET
On Thursday, the Maple Leafs will come to town and Paul Maurice will coach his first game against his former team. Mo was on 850 the Buzz this morning discussing the emotions behind playing against a team that fired him.
The full five minute radio clip is here, but here’s the money quote:
The politically correct thing that most coaches would say is that it’s just like any other game, but it’s absolutely not…. It’s absolutely personal. You get fired, you want to see that team lose every game for the next ten years.
I’m not sure whether the Leafs will know or care about that comment, but it’s an honest opinion. And I love that kind of honesty.
This is a critical game for both teams, who will meet two times in the next seven days. The Leafs are presently nine points out of eighth place in the East while Carolina is holding onto eighth place with an unsteady grip.
The game will be on national teevee in Canada, so there’s an unusual drop time of 7:30. Tim Gleason bobblehead dolls will be given out to the first 10,000 fans. This, of course, begs the zinger from people like Richard in Dearborn Heights and Peter in Flint: “So what will they do with the 8,000 dolls that are left over?”
Glove tap for the interviewto Dave at Carolina on Ice, who passed this along to Paul, who in turn passed it along to me. I can’t explain Dave’s obsession with the “I can haz cheezburger” phenomenon, but he’s a good man nonetheless.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.