The 'revenge' factor
The media heave here in Toronto has one singular focus today, and unfortunately it all centres around the two least talented players that were on the ice in last night's game.
The whole 'let's get Cam Janssen' storyline has been a limp noodle for the past few weeks, but that hasn't stopped it from being batted around ad infinitum. Wade Belak, meanwhile, has had more radio and television appearances the past three weeks than the rest of his career combined.
Not that he's had much to say.
Last night was the culmination of all this silliness, when Janssen and Belak 'did the deed' and atoned (?) for the late hit Janssen put on Tomas Kaberle three weeks ago. Except... wasn't that what Janssen's three-game suspension was for?
"You know what?" Janssen said. "If none of this had happened, we would have fought anyway. I was trying to get the guys going. I respect the hell out of Wade. He's a great guy, a great fighter."So the sideshow, the antics, the anticipation — the mountains of copy! — well, that's all that's new here. If there hadn't been the buildup to Janssen 'meeting his maker' (someone who, luckily enough for the poundee, fought like a B-grade goon who couldn't trounce someone well below his weight class), then this would have been another one of those prearranged bouts where one thug hits another then trots to the penalty box for far longer than he'd possibly see the ice.
But at least we've got lots of stories to read today about a nonevent during another snore of a hockey game.
- Janssen pays piper [Toronto Sun]
- Belak does business old-fashioned way [Toronto Star]
- Shoalts: The Code in all its glory [Globe and Mail]
- Leafs score their points [Globe and Mail]
- Leafs come out swinging [National Post]