Maple Leafs show some fight — in practice

Things got a little testy at Maple Leafs practice on Sunday, with Carl Gunnarsson and Joey Crabb getting into a scuffle with each other.

Crabb got a couple of hard rights in on Gunnarsson before coaches Rob Zettler and Greg Cronin and teammate Nikolai Kulemin separated the two. Crabb and Gunnarsson jawed at each other while skating away.

The two later made up; coach Ron Wilson made them both lead the after-practice stretches for their chuckling teammates.

“We were just battling,” said Crabb. “I thought he butt-ended me, he claims he didn’t. That’s fine. We’re working hard out there and trying to get better. A quick little tussle, and that was it.”

Gunnarsson seemed almost embarrassed by it.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Gunnarsson. “A battle drill. We both kind of snapped. Stuff happens.

“When practice is over, it’s over. Nothing more to it.”

Nobody really minded it. A few teammates laughed.

“We do some battle drills and guys are going to get into it,” said centre Tyler Bozak. “It’s happened on every team I’ve ever been on, so it’s not much of a surprise. You never let it get out of hand. It’s good to see everyone battling hard and really into it.”

Wilson said it had nothing to do with the team’s recent frustrations on the ice — the Leafs are losers of four of their last five.–maple-leafs-show-some-fight-in-practice

70 Responses to Maple Leafs show some fight — in practice

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    I think a lot of it is misplaced patriotism, also I think there's a certain number of people out there that are pissed off because as peasants they'll never get a chance to make a statement like that.  Will it cause a massive sea change in how the US government does business?  No.  Will it become a quirky trivia question in 10 years? Yes. 

    On another note, I also got to meet Harper.  I thought it was great.  He'll never be mistaken for the most interesting man in the world but I just thought it was great that a guy who was obviously the Audio/Video kid in high school can get to be PM.  He has zero personality, and I don't care.  I'm not sure it's even needed to be PM. lol

    On another note kudos to Chia for not suspending Thomas (probably not a smart hockey move) or forcing him to pull the party line.

  2. HABSSTAR says:

    Not just young teams do it. 

    The Habs have, for years, played at the level of their competition (except this year, they just stink this year) and they were never really all that young.

  3. reinjosh says:

    I don't see how its selfish at all. He's turning down the opportunity to meet the President (something that not many people get the chance to do) and did in to show what he believes in. He's not taking anything away from his teammates, nor is he trying to subvert the event itself. He simply didn't show up and when asked why, gave his reasons. He wasn't looking for glory, nor was he looking to make a big deal out of it. He merely spoke his so to say. 

    At the end of the day, its a form of free speech. Just like you have the right to call him out for it and give reasons why you think it shouldn't have been done, he has the right to not go. If neither of you can do that, than the States, North America and the World are beocming a scary place. 
  4. reinjosh says:

    And yeah, I apologize for calling you an idiot Leafy. Way to keep things civil maplesleafsfan. 

  5. reinjosh says:

    Honestly? Because usually at the end of the day, I enjoy our discussions. They occasional get heated and go overboard but I usually like hearing your thoughts. This world would be a pretty terrible place if no one disagreed with each other. 

  6. reinjosh says:

    Haha yeah we probably do need a parent to police us lol

  7. reinjosh says:

    The third paragraph of his quote. It's about his right as an individual of the state for Free Speech 
  8. JoelLeafs says:

    Josh just loves mediocre sarcasm. I'll finally be impressed when he realizes he needs a big center for his humour. Just need to go out and get one of the available all-star forward funnies. Oh, and move his Grabovski parody off the wing.

    I want a sarcasm that will get us into the playoffs, not this terrible inconsistent sarcasm.

    Rabble rabble rabble!

  9. albertateams says:

    I get what your saying but I some how doubt his team mates were offended.

    My only point is that if he felt this strong in conveying his message you have to respect his right to abstain from the meeting. He did it in spite of the backlash that was sure to in sue and the honor of receiving acknowledgment from the Office of the President.

  10. leafmeister says:

    I wonder what Tim Thomas's political leanings are? Cause with that criticism he could either be coming from the left, who is disillusioned with the NDAA, SOPA etc, or some teabagger who is upset that a black guy is in office? 

    Don't mean to be dismissive of the Tea Party (Okay, yes I do, if your going to have convictions read a f*cking book), if any supporters are here, and nor do I want to turn this into a political forum. Just speculating on Thomas's comments.
  11. Steven_Leafs says:

    This comment dumb.

  12. MystifoLeafs says:

    Huh amazing. No complaints about Kulimen today. Must be an off day…

  13. MystifoLeafs says:

    Like I said above. It really is nothing. I mean he declined a invitation. People make it sound like he went up to Obama said Fu*k you and spit in his face. 

  14. albertateams says:

    I didn't realize until I seen it on TSN but he was the only American on the cup winning team.

  15. mapleleafsfan says:

    Yea fair enough I guess. I just think all of the backlash his teammates are going to get (constant media asking what they think of it etc) is just unnecessary crap they don't want to be dealing with, just because he took a stand that ultimately does nothing at all. But I guess if he feels that strongly, do what you want. I personally just think it's the wrong way to view the whole event. I also believe the media will make a bigger deal about it than it is. 

  16. HABSSTAR says:

    Roy gets it… why doesn't Gauthier.

    Fire Gauthier.

  17. dumbassdoorman says:

    Unfortuneately, it is not Wilsons sarcasm that will get us where we wanna go….lol

  18. JoelLeafs says:

    What Roy doesn't want Nail?.. I kid, I kid. 

  19. blaze says:

    Or Thomas is smarter than the average NHLer and realizes that by far the biggest threat to Americans today is their massive debt.

  20. leafmeister says:

    There is always that possibility; but then I doubt he would be talking about government over extending its boundaries, he would, like a sensible person, encourage raising taxes.

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