NHLPA Player poll results: Leafs, Coach Ron Wilson and Phil Kessel all suck!

I sure as hell hope someone down at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) was reading blogs this morning or listening to the Rogers Sportsnet FAN590, or AM640, because Leafs-nation took a massive beating this weekend and someone from MLSE needs to start to fix the problem!

It all started to go downhill, when Toronto Maple Leaf forward Phil Kessel – of the 2 first round picks and a second round pick to Boston – was chosen last among all players at this year’s all-star game in Raleigh, North Carolina. Instead of getting mad and shining at the game, Kessel did what he does most nights as the Leafs’ marquee player… he was invisible. His final line for the event read like this; 3 shots on goal.

What would I have done in his shoes!? I would have done exactly what former NHL superstar Jeremy Roenick said on the FAN this morning; that if it had happened to him, he would run everyone in sight each and every shift. While Kessel smiled and said nothing, content to have taken his beating from his peers and then go on to prove them right, Roenick would go to prove them wrong… All of them.

Then came a survey from the NHL Players Association (NHLPA), a survey of 318 players who listed Toronto’s Ron Wilson as the coach they would least like to play for. He garnered 24% of the vote. Granted Mike Keenan who has not coached in the NHL in over 2 years received 9% of the vote, but the NHL’s 4th most winningest coach is perceived to be very much unliked by players. Great.

The other bad news for MLSE and Leaf-nation is the fact that Toronto, the city, ranked 4th last in this poll as a destination to play. See what all the losing has done to this franchise!

Crappy team, crappy coach, no future… Yikes!

MLSE… Wake up!!! Do something! Anything! Be mad as hell and say we’re not going to take it anymore. Please.

Here is the link to Slam Sports article on the survey results;
http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Toronto/2011/01/30/17091976.html

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10 thoughts on “NHLPA Player poll results: Leafs, Coach Ron Wilson and Phil Kessel all suck!

  1. Already received a comment in my email, realurbandaddy@gmail.com from Toronto Maple Laugh Fan;

    “Well said. Couldn’t have said it better. Problem is that nothing can be done really. We live in a world ran by corporocracies, and unfortunately for us leaf fans, a faceless corporocratic organization is running the team. Which can explain why players don’t want to play here. As for Wilson, I wouldn’t want to play for him either. The guy throws players under the bus like they’re roadkill. Fact that he’s 4th in wins means nothing considering his playoff record.

    I feel bad for Kessel. He’s the poster boy for all things wrong with the franchise, but it’s really not his fault. I almost wish for his sake that he gets traded to Detroit or something, and goes on to be a solid top 6 winger, quietly going about his business and scoring 20-30 goals on his formulaic wrist shots lol. He won’t last long here with the beatings he’s been taking.

    Best thing that can happen to us is if Ballsilie buys out MLSE, which unfortunately won’t happen cause of Bettman. As my friend said, FOMLL (our-maple-leaf-lives, I’m sure you can figure out the first word…)”

  2. before you have an aneurysm. 5% of 318 players is 16 players. And on top of that, there are actually over 700 NHL players.

    Theres no issue with Toronto.

  3. Leafs Fan JD – I get the numbers for Toronto – and the 5% of half the players probably represents the number of guys who have been here and don’t want to come back, but 24% of half the league – or 77 players is a lot guys. Make that a league wide estimation and you’re at 150 guys. That is a lot of hate.

    Plus there are plently of issues with Toronto. I grew up adoring this team in the 80’s when they and the Quebec Nordiques would win between 15-20 games a year and while the Nords were stockpiling the Sakic’s, Forsberg’s Ricci’s, Sundin’s and Nolan and Lindros’ of the world the Leafs were countering with Jim Benning, Gary Nylund, Luke Richardson, Scott Thornton, Rob Pearson, Scott Pearson, Ken Spangler… I could go on.

    The reason this is news is because it’s all Toronto.

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