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Scott merely 'joking' about threat to Kessel?

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07:30 AM ET 09.23 | Twitter had its fun Sunday night after a fight-filled game between the Leafs and Sabres -- Phil Kessel, staring up at a very big man, had less fun. [Kessel] is following TSN's Darren Dreger's advice of going with the "survival instincts" defense regarding his multiple slashes on Buffalo Sabres tough guy John Scott during Sunday's wild line brawl. ... "It was pretty stupid, right?" Kessel told reporters, as per the Globe and Mail. "He said he was going to jump me ... He's a big boy. If he's coming after me, what are you gonna do?" Kessel told TSN he thanked his Leafs teammates for defending him. Scott, for what it's worth, hinted to the Globe he was "joking" about the threat. According to NHL.com's listings, Scott is eight inches taller and almost 70 lbs. heavier than Kessel.

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September 23, 2013  08:31 AM ET
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Anyway, first slash was justified. Scott clearly went after Kessel. Second wasn't a good idea, but I get that his blood was probably boiling. Clarkson's an idiot. Indefensible. Puts the Leafs in an AWFUL position cap wise now that they're going to need a replacement RW for ten games. Great start to his seven years...

Amazing thing is that Scott won't get a suspension.

Clarkson - 10 games
Kessel - probably 1

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September 23, 2013  08:44 AM ET
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Pre-season is way too long.

I agree...and what the heck started all of this?
I was at a gig....
Did I read right that even the goalies went at it?
It's preseason for goodness' sakes

September 23, 2013  08:46 AM ET
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More amazing is that Scott is even in the NHL. He is awful.

I'm not enjoying the preseason with all the gooning up that's going on. Guys like Miller and Reimer shouldnt be fighting, guys like Kessel who are key shouldn't be gone after by guys like Scott. It's just crap to me.

September 23, 2013  09:01 AM ET

Damn twitter!

September 23, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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I agree...and what the heck started all of this? I was at a gig....Did I read right that even the goalies went at it?It's preseason for goodness' sakes



You be the judge....

September 23, 2013  09:19 AM ET

Can't believe all the clowns saying/agreeing that the first slash was justified. Scott attempted to fight. Kessel ran like a sissy and used his stick as a weapon. McSorley did the same thing to Brashear. Doesn't matter what the excuse is - using the stick as a weapon like that cannot be condoned. Kessel deserves at least 10 games. We'll see if McShanaban has the testicular fortitude to make it 20 games. After all, it is the Leafs.

September 23, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Clarkson is going to get 10 that's for sure..but I don't think Kessel gets any at all....his wasn't that big of a deal. Scott is terrible...like Rex said...how is this guy in the NHL...guy reminds me of Scott Parker from Colorado...no talent / just fights

September 23, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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Clarkson's an idiot.

It took you this long to find out what everyone else knew all along?

September 23, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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Can't believe all the clowns saying/agreeing that the first slash was justified. Scott attempted to fight. Kessel ran like a sissy and used his stick as a weapon. McSorley did the same thing to Brashear. Doesn't matter what the excuse is - using the stick as a weapon like that cannot be condoned. Kessel deserves at least 10 games. We'll see if McShanaban has the testicular fortitude to make it 20 games. After all, it is the Leafs.

no...it's YOU that can't be serious.. Kessel should get 10 games??
Nice first post...we'll take you with a grain of salt from now on I'm sure

September 23, 2013  09:33 AM ET

"If he's coming after me, what are you gonna do?" Kessel told TSN ....

.......he thanked his Leafs teammates for defending him."


Do I need to add anything to that?

September 23, 2013  09:38 AM ET
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"If he's coming after me, what are you gonna do?" Kessel told TSN .... .......he thanked his Leafs teammates for defending him."

Do I need to add anything to that?

P-U-S-S-Y?

September 23, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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P-U-S-S-Y?

I'd better save that.....

September 23, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Something about this incident reminds me of this.....



:-)

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September 23, 2013  09:51 AM ET
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He might get a pre-season game or two. Nothing in the regular season.

The two-handers are one thing Danny but the spear well after the fact might get a closer look.

 
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