Phil Kessel vs. Ron Wilson or the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. the Toronto Media?

February 7th, 2011 by James Hardie Leave a reply »
On Super Bowl Sunday, the Toronto media was desperate to grab some hockey news somehow.

Phil Kessel, a recent focus for the anger and frustration of the Toronto fans (as encouraged by the Toronto media) was quoted by TSN as saying, "No, me and Ron don't really talk. That's all I have to say about that," and, "I don't really know what to say about that any more. I'm trying. Obviously, it's not going right. It might not be working out here. What are you going to do?"

I don't take Kessel's comments (and quotes often look different in print than they would sound if heard in context of the situation) in the way they have been portrayed. When he said that he and Ron Wilson don’t talk, it was in response to a question if the coach had pulled him aside to talk about his inability to score.

If you read between the lines, it's like saying, “So Phil, tell everyone, did your coach tell you how to finally start scoring again? Or is he just going to start benching you because you two don’t get along?”

And Phil answers by saying that his coach doesn’t talk with him about his scoring. What?! You say that Ron Wilson doesn ...

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