25 games down. 56 games to go. It's going to take a lot of good speeches to get this team into the playoffs. Hopefully Nonis, Burke, and Wilson own a good thesaurus and have watched every sports movie ever, otherwise their speeches will become stale and lack their magical win-producing powers.
The speech wasn't particularly long, but the message was abundantly clear to the Toronto Maple Leafs: with no help on the horizon, it's up to the current players to turn things around.
Assistant general manager Dave Nonis delivered an address to the team at practice Friday and they responded with a shootout win over Boston on Saturday. The players hope it's something they can build on.
"Dave pretty much said that he just believes in our group," said forward Colby Armstrong. "I think we were going through a time where it was tough for us. I don't know if it was confidence or what. It wasn't a long talk—pretty much just a little kick in the butt to the boys and also a little confidence boost.
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Odd that's it's our Assistant GM instilling some spirit in the team and not the GM or coach.
VLM wants to know when the Leafs' failures will become too great.
The General wants you to realize how intentional everything Wilson does is.
Burke thinks McLean doth protest too much.
Puckin' Eh has some lovin' for Jonas.
So we got that going for us, which is nice.
This and more photo-goodness from Vintage Leafs.