Tensions are on the rise between the Toronto Maple Leafs and reporters who cover the team.

Brian Burke came out in defence of coach Ron Wilson on his Twitter account late Sunday night after Wilson endured criticism for starting James Reimer for Saturday’s 4-1 loss in Boston.

“I love the quote about the liars in sports,” wrote Burke. “Many gainfully employed in the media.”

Wilson was accused of lying after indicating that Jonas Gustavsson would start against the Bruins following Friday’s practice. Instead, he chose to give Reimer his first action since the goaltender suffered concussion-like symptoms after a collision with Habs captain Brian Gionta on Oct. 22.

The general manager indicated Wilson simply had a change of heart.

“Our coach told the media the starter,” Burke wrote in a separate tweet. “He told me as well. James says he feels good and our coach makes the switch. Making a goalie switch is not just our coach’s prerogative, it is his duty. And of course, the media grand jury weighs in.”

It’s the latest sign of tension between the team and reporters. Earlier this season, the Leafs were furious after the Toronto Star contacted Reimer’s mother for a story about his health.



  1. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Interesting Iginla rumor from Eklund:

    The rumor is that the Caps and Flames have discussed the possibility of a swap of Iginla for Semin…in actuality they have been discussing this on and off for two and three quarter years (to my best estimate)

    Now however it is gaining some major momentum…

    The details I have heard most often are…Alex Semin, Braden Holtby and 2 picks for Jarome Iginla, Chris Butler and a prospect…(some say Howse, a few have said the Caps want Brodie (of course they do!)

    My opinion:

    I would like the deal for both teams. and wjho knows? The Flames could deal Semin for more picks/prospects.

    I think the Flames should clear house now. They have an opportunity to have a quick and great rebuild of the team. Iginla, Bouwmeester, and Kiprussoff can bring in tons of prospects/picks and really start a rebuild similar to the one the Leafs did a few years back.

    I think Flames fans should be excited. A contender team could be made with a proper rebuild.

  2. mojo19 says:

    haha, I'm from Oakville, but I don't think people from so called "hick towns" should have their opinions counted for less. That was an ignorant comment by you to put negative the word "pointless" in there. I've met a couple people from small towns who know hockey really well. One guy who played a bit for the Guelph Storm I used to work with was pretty much from the middle of nowhere but he could school you any day. Don't be a snob, its really unbecoming.

  3. blaze says:

    Fair enough, but still cmon this guys a kid let's pump the brakes a bit. Orr would dummy Lucic. Rosehill and Looch went at it awhile ago, really good scrap suprised Lucic did as well as he did as Rosie is still a little over his head. Aulie is a big maybe, but I like how he matches up with his great reach.

  4. mojo19 says:

    Also what's with the hostility, brother? I'm here to help. No need to act like everyone is out to get you. That's just your own insecurities shining through. You gotta let those go. Positivity breeds positivity. 😉

  5. mojo19 says:

    Also I was responding to Blaze, not you. But I think everyone on here, even your butt buddy Leafy would agree that I have a lot more to say than you do.

    For the record Leafy and I have both been on this site since '03, we disagree sometimes but there is always harmony.

  6. 93killer93 says:


    Iginla, Butler, Brodie
    Semin, Eakin, Alzner, 1st
    Kiprusoff, Moss, Stempniak 
    Tyrell, 1st, Roloson
    Jokinen, sarich
    Sutter, Sutter, Sutter, Kaberle(Dump), Husleius(Dump)
    Semin, Tanguay, Stajan
    Brassard, Pahlsson, Bourque, 1st(Clb 2012/2013), 1st(Wsh)
  7. reinjosh says:

    If the two picks include Colorado's 1st I'm game.

    Holtby is largely unneeded. Karlsson has been just as good in his short time and we have Leland Irving and Ortio developing quite nicely on Abbotsfod. Holtby would be nice but his value is lower to us than a team that could use goalie help. 
    Semin is meh. He's not staying with the Flames so its likely he would be traded. Depending on what he could get it would be nice. 
    If its not Colorado's 1st, I don't like it really. We could get better deals I'm sure. 
  8. reinjosh says:

    So apparently Kulemin lost a close friend and a person who he considered to be a father figure in his life in the Lokomotiv tragedy. A guy by the name of Igor Korolev. 

  9. TheLeafNation91 says:

    This is a touchy situation because most athletes have used tragedy in their lives to motivate their play.

    For example, Theodore after his son passed, Bryant after his son passed, Woods after his father passed, Favre after his father passed, etc.

    In all honesty, I still play sports at a high level and I've used tragedy in my life to motivate my play. I've think I've done better because of it as well.

    I know everyones trying to find a reason why Kulemin has performed this badly, and this is a sad situation, but he did play great in the pre-season (after the incident and funeral) and to start the year. So its hard for you to give him that excuse.

    For me, the one thing that made Kulemin great last year was his hunger for the puck and his agressive style. It has not been there this year.

    Also, after a really good season last year, the secret is out about his play to teams. Thus, he's getting more attention.

    They have a weird theory in tennis which I think relates to this situation.

    – The hardest part in tennis (in this terms hockey), is not getting that break through year and raising your ranking (being a consistent top-six foward), but its the year after when you got to defend it and the the target is now on your back. Which it is on Kulemin.

    We'll see…But I really feel Burke has a shorter-leash this year.

  10. mojo19 says:

    Ya, without over analyzing this is a case of a player who is slumping, plain and simple. I think during the first 10-12 games of the season Kulemin was an absolute beast. Think of that game against the Rangers, he split the D like it was nothing and faked out Lunqvist but then flipped the puck over the net. He just couldn't seem to bury. That weighs on a player and slumps pick up steam just the same as hot streaks. Kulemin is in his own head right now, this is something he just has to figure out on his own.

    But hey, let's look at the bright side, at least our biggest concern is that one of our big wingers isn't producing. If this were any other year since the lockout our biggest concern would be that our goaltending is fighting the puck and can't make key saves. That has changed and that makes a huge difference. It more than compensates for a struggling forward.

  11. leafmeister says:

    Frankly, I think it is a mix of nerves which self-perpetuate as his dry spell gets longer, increased pressure of a contract year (usually works the opposite way), increased expectations, and the fact that the guy is just snake bit. The reason isn't always a logical one.

  12. mojo19 says:

    Leafmeister, well done. You just explained my point in another way. I'm right there with you.

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