Troubles in Net, Troubles on the 'Net
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Brian Burke doesn't seem like a "twitter" type. And he's not.
Now, I don't particularly pretend to totally understand the twitter fad, although this blog is linked to it for reasons that, again, I don't totally get but am willing to go along with.
Burke, however, has been fighting a battle with twitter for some time now because someone out there has been, well, impersonating him at twitter.com/brianburke. There are actually some funny "tweets" on the site, which apparently orginated with a prolific local blogger who goes by the handle of Down Goes Brown and occasionally comments on this blog. The latest addition read, "In honor of Earth Hour, the Leafs and Bruins will be turning off our defence and goaltending for 60 minutes tonight," a reference to Saturday night's shootout at the ACC.
Another reads, "For the last time, Darcy Regier, I don't care if you kep the receipt for Dominic Moore. No refunds."
Burke, incensed by fake and insulting comments directed in his name towards former Leaf GM John Ferguson, had his lawyer try to put a stop to it about a month ago, which left Burke somewhat surprised yesterday to hear it was still up and operating, albeit with a disclaimer attached now that reads, "Yes, it's a parody."
"I guess I don't have a problem with that," he grumbled. "It's the age we live in, I guess.
"But there has to be a degree of responsibility on the Internet. If someone's going to try and impersonate Brian Burke, I'm going to sue his ass."
There are numerous other fake twitter accounts, including one with Gary Bettman's name attached to it that doesn't have the parody disclaimer attached.
Maybe it's all fun. Maybe it's just web pollution. You decide.
|Tyler Bozak has been on the radar of several NHL teams.|
This should be the week the market for U.S. college hockey free agents heats up, and the Maple Leafs are hoping to make a big splash.
When Notre Dame was upset in the NCAA playoffs on Saturday, that meant Fighting Irish centre Christian Hanson is now available to sign with an NHL club. The Leafs are one of many teams chasing the 6-foot-4 centre, the son of Dave Hanson of "Slapshot" fame, and are considered one of the favourites to land him.
Until now, under NCAA rules, players can only have "family advisors," not accredited NHL agents, but that also changes now. Hanson is likely to be represented by Bobby Orr.
Another top free agent, Tyler Bozak of Denver University, also saw his team eliminated last week and could, according to his agent, Don Meehan, sign with an NHL club as early as tomorrow. Bozak flew from Denver to Toronto yesterday and will meet with Meehan today.
During the season, upwards of 20 teams met with Bozak, so a great deal of groundwork has already been done.
"There's so much interest in him we just need to sit down and go through all his thoughts and ideas," said Meehan yesterday. "We want to get to a short list. That's the game plan."
Bozak missed three months with a knee injury this season, but returned to play for last week's playoffs. The Leafs are hot on his trail as well and would love to make a splash by inking one or two of these free agents over the next two weeks.
Meanwhile, the player who may be most coveted, Boston University defenceman Matt Gilroy, advanced with the Terriers to the Frozen Four in Washington, D.C. April 9-11,
the final eight NCAA teams, and so won't be available to be signed for at least another two weeks.
Got blasted by Don Cherry on Coach's Corner on Saturday night for having an "agenda" to get fighting out of hockey.
Guilty. If they put that on my tombstone, I'll be okay with that.
Don't get me wrong. Grapes may not like me, but I like him fine. Have suggested several times he belongs in the broadcaster's wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame, so I think I'm on the record as having respect for his accomplishments as a broadcaster. As a junior coach, not so much.
All I can say is I haven't made a dime off pushing the notion that fighting has no place in hockey.
Wonder how much he's made off the Rock 'Em, Sock "Em hockey video collection? And given that most hockey fans apparently want fighting in the game still, doesn't that make him by definition a purveyor of political correctness?
YOU DON'T HAVE TO YELLE
Even as a non-fighting fan, I at least sort of understand the logic of stepping in for a teammate that's been wronged or even the victim of a destructive body check.
But when Steve Montador feels its his role on the Boston Bruins to step in for Stephane Yelle after Yelle is bodychecked by Toronto's Luke Schenn - you know, protecting the skill guys - we're officially en route to hell in a handbasket.
FOR THE RECORDS
Neither Olaf Kolzig nor Jamie Heward may ever play a game for the Leafs, but if you're keeping score at home, both have officially been assigned numbers.
Kolzig is No. 37, Heward is No. 28.