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It Is Getting Tense In Toronto

from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star,

It’s okay to lose a few. Just don’t lose badly. If you do lose badly, be gracious. Toronto fans are totally fine rooting for a loser, but they don’t like losers who lip back.

That doesn’t sound hard, but the Leafs couldn’t manage it for six games. Now we are into all confrontation, all the time.

The speed wobble started after Friday’s loss to San Jose. Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe was asked about the “lazy” effort of newcomer Nick Ritchie.

The right way to answer this question in Toronto is whatever way you can do that without creating pull quotes. Keefe couldn’t do it.

First, he took umbrage: “That’s not an appropriate question.”

Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t realize we were all sitting cross-legged in the circle of trust. You wouldn’t want to offend a guy who makes millions in the entertainment business by critiquing the quality of his entertaining.

That would have been fine, but Keefe’s red mist was coming up. He had to stick one in at the end: “You should be asking as many questions about Matthews and Marner today as you should be about Ritch.”

Oh dear.


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jhpcarrier97's avatar

Got tickets for Wings in Toronto next Saturday, I hope it is not a repeat of the Wings=Canadians game, we can’t come into these loser barns just to perk up the home team, lets remember and be reminded of the Chicago game.  You make hay while the loser is in a drought.

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 10/25/21 at 03:26 PM ET


Team seems a whole lot different with Bert in vs out of the lineup. Case in point: last Saturday vs Sunday’s performance, MTL vs CHI

Posted by exor54 on 10/25/21 at 04:08 PM ET


Bert’s absence shows that while this team is much more talented
it still isn’t that deep. And it shows what a unique player he is.
More skill than I would have guessed to go with the sense
and all-around compete. And teammates know he has their back.
Some guys just have a glue-player personality and he’s one.

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/25/21 at 04:22 PM ET

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