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04-20-2011, 06:47 PM
Join Date: Aug 2006
The Leafs gave Pratt special attention to get the most out of him:
The Leafs knew they were getting a player who marched to the beat of his own drummer and they felt they would have to keep Pratt in check if he was going to be effective. They went as far as to make coach Hap Day his roommate on the road. In his first 40 games as a Leaf, Pratt recored 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists).
The article then goes on to talk about Pratt's amazing next two years in Toronto,* which included a Hart Trophy and Cup winning goal. His relatively rapid decline happened after the Leafs failed to reward Pratt properly, giving him a $6500 raise instead $7000 like Pratt asked for, which left Pratt feeling slighted. Then game the famous gambling scandal (Pratt was banned then reinstated) and the trade to Boston.
I think Pratt is a guy a bit like Krutov (though not as extreme as Krutov) who requires individual attention to get the most out of him. Working with Babe Pratt will be one of out assistant coach Larry Robinson's main duties.
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