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Here's a bit from Michael Stephens' "Chance Encounter with Brian Burke":
On Phil Kessel: Burke spoke glowingly of Phil Kessel’s attitude and attempted to dispel the common belief that he’s aloof and disinterested in interviews. He explained, almost sheepishly, that Phil Kessel was plagued with shyness due to teenaged acne. During the pre-draft interviews of top prospects in 2006, Burke was left with an incredibly bad impression of Kessel, who wouldn’t look anyone in the eye and kept his head down throughout the interviews.
Burke said his opinion of Kessel changed during the World Championships in Halifax in 2009. Burke was GM of Team USA’s entry, and Kessel had just come off his 36 goal campaign with the Boston Bruins. While training for the event in Maine, Tim Gleason approached Phil Kessel to invite him on an ocean fishing trip with the rest of the team. Kessel explained to Gleason that while he loves to fish, he gets seasick on rough water and would feel awful all day.
Yet Kessel took part on the fishing trip, sucking up seasickness, for the sake of espirit de corps and team building. Kessel felt obliged towards his teammates regardless of his personal comfort. Burke remarked that he was impressed by such a team-first attitude from a young guy.
He also touched on Kessel’s maturity. After getting knocked out early in the tournament, there was a chartered flight for the team to Boston at 6 in the morning. Only 8 players decided to make that flight, and only two – Kessel and Gleason – showed up sober, well rested and dressed in suits. Kessel approached Burke, apologized for the team’s unsuccessful run and expressed a sincere distaste for not medaling in the tournament. It was then, Burke said, that he wanted Phil Kessel to play hockey for him.
1 day, 19 hours ago on Monday Mashup: Loov returning to Sweden? Leafs invite Cal Heeter to camp?
I listened to whole thing once through and a second time to relisten to quotes. I heard nothing to indicate that he was talking about the Leafs' good players disparagingly, and assumed straight away he was talking about TFC and/or Raptors.
Leiweke at Ryerson on Jermain Defoe: "I personally don't think he will come back. If he doesn't want to be here you get rid of him.".
@Burtonboy @Knights2Leafs Dave Morrison said he himself is 6'1
2 days, 15 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 – Maple Leafs vs. Senators
2 days, 18 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #2 – Maple Leafs vs. Senators
@Xxxxxnew Very intelligent puck manager. Made a lot of smart area passes. Safe indirect passes to the point that got out of passing lanes, etc.
2 days, 22 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks
@Xxxxxnew Was a nice play at the blueline for sure. Setup that goal nicely.
2 days, 23 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks
It's all we have, but the game sheets are up.
3 days, 15 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks
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@theacs1966 @DeclanK Curt and Matt are in the press box for this game.
3 days, 17 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks
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@Kouba @Burtonboy I have it and it's awesome. NHL, AHL, OHL, QMJHL, IIHF, Hockey Specials. Basically center ice package with more leagues.
3 days, 19 hours ago on Rookie Tournament Game #1: Maple Leafs vs. Blackhawks
From Kyle Dubas, general manager of the Greyhounds, on David Broll:
"A lot of people attempt to cast David as solely someone who will make the NHL as a 4th line enforcer, when the truth he was one of our top possession players throughout this past season. David played both centre and wing for our hockey club at times and the majority of his minutes played at even strength came versus the opponents top 6 forwards. His contributions in the offensive end are not always appreciated because his driving of play does not always result in goals, but coming versus the opposition's top players we prefer to play in the offensive zone and David proved to be very reliable in attaining this goal."
When I first sent Dubas a message to solicit a little bit of Broll info, I immediately got the reply "elite possession driver".
4 days, 1 hour ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp
@Reether @T K O Sounded like a shot at Defoe to me. He rips him in that speech earlier.
4 days, 22 hours ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp
@RandomScrub This is nonsense. He didn't say Leafs, he said organization, which encompasses: Leafs, TFC, Raptors, Marlies.
@Mind Bomb @DeclanK @sniperstar And then shoots it over the net with no pressure? haha #nofinish
4 days, 23 hours ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp
@sniperstar So many 2-on-1s against. Just 0 backside pressure. Hard to watch.
5 days, 1 hour ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp
5 days, 21 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal
@Mind Bomb @Burtonboy go on...
6 days, 3 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal
@Burtonboy @barjv01 @CanuckUKinToronto Booth averaged 0:03 of PK Ice Time last year.
6 days, 23 hours ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal
@barjv01 @Cameron19 Bets on Santorello being on PK1 as C. Winnik as winger that can take draws if he gets tossed.
1 week ago on Spencer Abbott signs one-year deal
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1 week, 1 day ago on The Maple Leafs & NHL Average Age by Team
@Loric76 @Bobsyouruncle God bless you, Bob.
1 week, 1 day ago on Dave Nonis on TSN Radio
New interview up with Nonis. We'll use that as the mashup/clean sheet of ice.
1 week, 1 day ago on Sunday Mashup: ‘Legends Row’ a great gesture, ‘Fan Fest’ goes septic
@Loric76 I didn't think it was a good trade. Not sure I'd use that as the gold standard for good returns.
@ErikP803 @Loric76 @DeclanK Expect he'll be on Kadri's RW in no time.
@Loric76 @DeclanK @Cameron19 They would definitely be comparables. Neal is better, obvs, but not by a mile.
@ErikP803 He will destroy the AHL and be up in the NHL in no time. Expect he'll be over a point a game once he gets his feet wet.
@Burtonboy @ProfessorRance We'll have podcasts up on the site if they're worth while.
Even strength points.
Again, Lupul = Blue, Neal = Red
Granted Lupul had some crazy hight shooting percentages and are inflating the numbers.
@Burtonboy @Great Dane
Usually the case, but looks like elite PMDs have better 2nd years than regular players.
I think Rielly puts up close to 40 next year.
@Dangle_My_Berries @Burtonboy "Breath"
@ProfessorRance @mikeyboy @Burtonboy "I says 'pardon'?"
@Mattmark @dlb Mad It's the 905 vote.
1 week, 2 days ago on Sunday Mashup: ‘Legends Row’ a great gesture, ‘Fan Fest’ goes septic
@LeafErikson I know that not to be the case with Keon. Have a Keon night/number 'honouring' and he'll show.
When the Habs are 200 years old and have no more numbers to retire because there aren't any left, people will wonder why they didn't just honor them instead.
@Anthony Petrielli @rustynail Good to see you back, Rusty
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Here's another post on fan fest I noticed at TLN.
@Alec Brownscombe @MaxwellHowe @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Don't let details get in the way of a good narriative, Alec.
1 week, 4 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Getting closer
1 week, 4 days ago on David Nonis on Leafs Lunch
@cryptotho @mtommy They dress the best team and trade or sit others. Happens on every.single.team and in every.single.camp.
@wiski @DeclanK shirts out
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk
Yo Phook - I'm with you on the Cayman S. Total sleeper.
It should be the new platform for all Porsches, but would cannibalize the 911. Mid-engined sports cars rule!
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Thursday Mashup: Expansion Talk