How Kessel treats the media shouldn't impact coverage of his play, but it should shape how we view his media criticism
March 04 2015 12:07PM
Unlike the team he plays for, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel is worth the price of admission.
The high-scoring winger is a bona fide elite offensive talent. The skill level, the deceptive wrist shot and the speed is breathtaking. Over the past few seasons, playing on a flawed team without a true first-line centre, Kessel has arguably been the NHL's single most dynamic game breaker.
If you're looking to find fault with anyone for the Maple Leafs' continued struggles, Kessel is probably the last person anyone should be pointing their finger at. Yet here we are, and Kessel is in the middle of another media controversy.
March 04 2015 11:06AM
This game was fun. Sports are fun. Let's get back to having fun.
March 03 2015 08:55PM
The Leafs are fresh off a trade deadline season where they unloaded every player they could. The team comfortably sits somewhere in the range of finishing 4th to 6th-last in the NHL. It's a cold March night and the Leafs are playing the Florida Panthers. Why were you watching this game? Why was I watching this game? Who knows. But in about as boring a circumstance as you could create, Toronto loyalists who tuned into this game had their faith rewarded. Tonight in the home rink of the Panthers, hilarity ensued.
March 03 2015 07:04PM
Does the rabid Toronto hockey market have the patience to endure a long Toronto Maple Leafs rebuild?
It would seem that we're about to find out. In a letter that will be delivered on Wednesday and is addressed to Maple Leafs season ticket holders, Maple Leafs president of hockey operations vowed not to raise ticket prices for next season. He also suggested that road back to contention, or respectability at least, will be a long and arduous one.
"There are no shortcuts to building a team the right way," Shanahan says in the letter. "It will require patience and a long-term view, but it is important for you to know that the process will be well worth it when we get there."
There are no shortcuts in a rebuild? What did Shanahan miss the part where his club got out of jail free on David Clarkson's contracts? In all seriousness, read past the jump.