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08:27 AM ET 10.13 | Some believe Ron Wilson's approach is better suited to smaller hockey markets, where little news can't become big news. A perfect example came Wednesday when it was announced by both Wilson and defenceman Cody Franson that Franson would make his Leaf debut on Saturday against Calgary. By doing it that way, what was a one-day story will now turn into a four-day story as the Leaf Nation chews on the issue of putting Franson in the lineup after he was acquired from Nashville during the summer. ... Expect many to demand that Mike Komisarek be the Leaf taken out. ... Now, Komisarek gets to face three days of questioning about it, to which he'll probably have to throw his arms in the air and say, "I have no idea. Ask the coach."

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October 13, 2011  08:37 AM ET

"Some believe Ron Wilson's approach is better suited to smaller hockey markets..."

The AHL has a lot of small hockey markets.

October 13, 2011  08:38 AM ET

And you can put Argos on the list of those who want Komisarek to sit.

October 13, 2011  09:11 AM ET

How odd. Rotten Ronnie has always been the media's best friend.

October 13, 2011  09:19 AM ET

Tough spot...cant trade a sitter.

October 13, 2011  09:21 AM ET

Unlike a lot of you guys I have no knowledge of the Canadian media, specifically Toronto, other than what I pick up from these threads. But, this seems to be among the most useless pieces of **** I've seen in some time and that takes some doing. So, he's gonna put a guy in the lineup, and another guy is going to be out that night. So? Doesn't that happen every game day for a couple or more of the 30 teams in the league? Sudden flash.........I hear there's an 80% chance it's gonna be cold in Winnipeg this winter.

October 13, 2011  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Unlike a lot of you guys I have no knowledge of the Canadian media, specifically To***to, other than what I pick up from these threads. But, this seems to be among the most useless pieces of **** I've seen in some time and that takes some doing. So, he's gonna put a guy in the lineup, and another guy is going to be out that night. So? Doesn't that happen every game day for a couple or more of the 30 teams in the league? Sudden flash.........I hear there's an 80% chance it's gonna be cold in Winnipeg this winter.

Nice break into the day, don't you think?

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October 13, 2011  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Unlike a lot of you guys I have no knowledge of the Canadian media, specifically Toronto, other than what I pick up from these threads. But, this seems to be among the most useless pieces of **** I've seen in some time and that takes some doing. So, he's gonna put a guy in the lineup, and another guy is going to be out that night. So? Doesn't that happen every game day for a couple or more of the 30 teams in the league? Sudden flash.........I hear there's an 80% chance it's gonna be cold in Winnipeg this winter.

Picture the NY media with the Yanks...they attempt to make every little Leafs story into some huge event.

They once planned a parade route for the Stanley Cup last year when the Leafs started off the season with couple of wins.

October 13, 2011  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

And you can put Argos on the list of those who want Komisarek to sit.

Probably not going to happen. lol

October 13, 2011  11:05 AM ET

Ummmmm...aren't the Leafs doing well so far?

October 13, 2011  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Ummmmm...aren't the Leafs doing well so far?

Shhhhh.

October 13, 2011  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Shhhhh.

Sorry. But it's been in all the Toronto papers so I thought it was common knowledge :)

October 13, 2011  11:43 AM ET

They beat Ottawa and the Habs...meh..

October 13, 2011  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Unlike a lot of you guys I have no knowledge of the Canadian media, specifically Toronto, other than what I pick up from these threads. But, this seems to be among the most useless pieces of **** I've seen in some time and that takes some doing. So, he's gonna put a guy in the lineup, and another guy is going to be out that night. So? Doesn't that happen every game day for a couple or more of the 30 teams in the league? Sudden flash.........I hear there's an 80% chance it's gonna be cold in Winnipeg this winter.

You are very perceptive, sir.

October 13, 2011  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Shhhhh.

Shhhhh is right. Let them think it's still preseason a while longer.

October 13, 2011  01:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Shhhhh is right. Let them think it's still preseason a while longer.

I wonder if they've dusted off the map of the parade route from last year?

October 13, 2011  01:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I wonder if they've dusted off the map of the parade route from last year?

Those are tough decisions Phantom. Can never get started too early.

October 13, 2011  02:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Picture the NY media with the Yanks...they attempt to make every little Leafs story into some huge event. They once planned a parade route for the Stanley Cup last year when the Leafs started off the season with couple of wins.

Sorry, I make every conscious effort to totally ignore MLB.

They did start 4-0 last year. Still missed the playoffs. And they plan that Cup parade every time the Leafs win more than two in a row.

October 13, 2011  02:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Those are tough decisions Phantom. Can never get started too early.

Apparently, according to Stranger, they have one more win to go before starting the planning. Let's go Leafs!!!! :)

October 13, 2011  03:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Apparently, according to Stranger, they have one more win to go before starting the planning. Let's go Leafs!!!! :)

If they keep missing the playoffs year after year, a two-game win streak will eventually sound good enough for them to get started on those preparations...

 
October 13, 2011  03:28 PM ET

So, the coach is going to swap out the #6 or 7 Dman for a game on a team that hasn't made the playoffs in 6 years....Big whoop de do. In other shocking news, the Dman who will be "benched" is "upset".

Really, now the aforementioned Dman might have to answer some questions while he goes to cash his $50,000 game check????

This is even less relevant than the "panic" because Boston started 1-3.

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