The Leafs are continuing to play/lose to everyone that isn't the Oilers, but most of our attention has turned elsewhere. There's very little to see here, aside from Morgan Rielly making us hopeful for the future and, well, I don't know. It's depressing, whatever it is.
Outside of Toronto, Kane was finally set free by Winnipeg, and is getting ready to move to beautiful Buffalo. But Buffalo wasn't done yet-- they traded Jonas Enroth to Dallas in exchange for Anders Lindback. Nabokov retired as a San Jose Shark. Jamie Benn made an inappropriate twincest joke.
Talk about the Leafs, the not-Leafs, or whatever comes to mind.
Horachek says that Kessel's/the team's "Give-a-S--- meter" needs to be higher. It's pretty low for a lot of us these days too.
@Jeffler addressed The Hockey News' headline that Phil Kessel might be a "coach killer"
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"Kane electing for shoulder surgery probably made him a more attractive target for the Buffalo Sabres because he cannot mess with their tank this year."
Some people have shown frustration with the outcry in reaction to these comments because, "they're just not that bad!" and so on. While people saying that about these comments are not entirely wrong, they're also missing the point. Saying, "I wasn't offended," or, "this didn't bother me," is derailing. The people saying those things are, for the most part, straight. Basically, this reaction isn't about you, and these comments don't threaten your comfort. Your apathy toward them is offensive to affected people.
You don't have to be offended personally (I'm not personally offended, for instance) to understand how these words hurt other people. By saying that you are not offended, you are shifting the conversation away from people who are hurt to yourself, when you do not matter in this case. You are privileged in that if you don't care, your enjoyment of the game is not affected at all. If you have the tiniest bit of empathy, use it to understand why this matters to the people it matters to. If you sincerely aren't offended, then I suggest staying mum. If you don't care, why comment?
Tony Gallagher makes a case for why the NHL should abandon Florida, Pheonix, and Carolina