Lol, this article is not about "the face of the franchise", it is about another crappy Toronto sportswriter trying to one up his peers so that he can claim the crown of "face of the dungheap that is the Toronto Media". Just keep kicking them when they are down and in this case in a state of absolute shock...that's the ticket!
I see. I don't bother giving hits to ghetto tabloids, so I was going off the title of the thread.
Originally Posted by DeathToAllButMetal
Man, did that ever work out great! Imagine how badly the Leafs would have finished the past few years if they'd had to deal with that media attention! : laugh:
We'll find out how the team does with the circus around them this season. Carlyle may need to step up his media game.
Who will take responsibility if the team struggles this season? Wasn't it Phaneuf who skipped out post-game media scrums late last season? Burke won't be around to demand everyone's attention anymore. It is a valid question.
Yup, now the players will have to answer to every moronic piece of **** Cox/ Simmons/ Berger etc. write to stir up crap for nothing, and the 'intelligent' hockey fans in Toronto will eat it up and recycle it like fact, and then wanna fire Nonis/ next gm/ gm after that/ etc wondering why nobody wants to play in this 'special' hockey market. And 40 years from now we will be able to keep talking about all the great names we keep running out of this market, while staring down a 90 year cup drought.
Vinny earned it though. They gave it to him, realized it was a big of a mistake to give him that responsibility out of hype, and let him re-earn it.
While Stamkos is best player, he's not necessarily the face. Vinny won them a cup, a Rocket (like Stamkos), and has been there for 14 years. I'm sure Tampa fans see him just as we saw Mats. (and Stamkos as the heir to the throne)
I remember John Torttorella really schooling Vinny behind the bench during those stanley cup playoffs back in the day and all that... he yelled at him like an angry turtle. Tortorella played a huge role in making Lecavalier a better player, and a better Captain of course. He teached him so many things.
Vincent Lecavalier went through an amazing journey of growth with his sensei: John Tortorella