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I could understand if the paying customers at the ACC started booing or something when the players left the ice.  But isn't the fact that nothing happened a pretty good indication that fans don't really care about it?

It's 2014. In the hour following the game there were 15 tweets with the words "salute" and "leafs". 9 of them were either from a member of the media or a fan responding to a media member who posted about it. Just 2 of them indicated that the fan was angry.

I guess they just didn't know yet how angry they should have been.  Luckily the media is here to remind them.

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None of these people have yet made an argument why this matters.

It hurts the fans feelings. You know, the ones who didn't know they were angry until they turned on sports radio this morning.

I could understand if the paying customers at the ACC started booing or something when the players left the ice.  But isn't the fact that nothing happened a pretty good indication that fans don't really care about it?

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Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie  11 minutes ago
It's REALLY dumb so many talking about TOR players not saluting fans, but not half as dumb as players picking THAT moment to alter routine.

Say it ain't so Bob!

Following possibly the two worst back-to-back games this team has ever played isn't a good time to change routines?

None of these people have yet made an argument why this matters.

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So I've read a few articles about this and I'm starting to notice a trend. This is from Michael Traikos of the National Post:

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So when the Leafs did not salute the fans by meeting at centre ice and raising their sticks in unison — a tradition that the New York Rangers popularized years ago — it was a non-gesture that might have been aimed at the wrong target.

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I don’t know if the Kessel and the rest of the team purposely decided to snub Leafs fans after the game on Thursday. But if they did, they got it all wrong. The fans on Thursday were as good as you could have expected considering the mood around the team in the last seven days.

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If it was planned, it was a passive-aggressive move that essentially poured gasoline on the fire in what is an already toxic relationship. Chances are the Leafs will deny their intent was to send a message. They might have simply wanted to acknowledge that they got themselves into this mess and they got themselves out of it.

All these articles based on a theory the media made that the Leafs did this as an FU to the fans. Also, not a single quote from anybody from within the Leafs organization. This guys have access to the team right? Have they bothered to ask what's up here?

No because it's a super important thing that the Leafs didn't do just none of them noticed until well after the game when it was publicized.

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If it helps equalize the balance of the universe, Simmons is going all in on it.

Not really. I figured he'd be riding shotgun to Cox. If someone like Mirtle or Bruce Arthur was, on the other hand . . . that would totally balance the scales.

Oh I meant throw it back into it's normal rhythm, but I get you.

If only these media members mad about this would put their critical (ha) thinking towards work on the Leafs systems or something actually productive about the product on the ice.

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Damien Cox ‏@DamoSpin  6 minutes ago
Hoping it's okay if I don't take this latest Leaf "controversy" with even the slightest bit of seriousness.

Damien Cox: voice of reason?

Sign of the apocalypse? I would have expected him to be leading the charge lynching the players for this.

If it helps equalize the balance of the universe, Simmons is going all in on it.

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Damien Cox ‏@DamoSpin  6m6 minutes ago
Hoping it's okay if I don't take this latest Leaf "controversy" with even the slightest bit of seriousness.

Damien Cox: voice of reason?

I just threw up a little.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2014/15 Roster moves thread
« on: Today at 09:45:16 AM »
Booth has been loaned to the Marlies for a conditioning stint.

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I have found the salute has become forced and hate to say it, cheesy.  It was cute the first few times, but I don't see why it's so imperative to do it after every home win.  Leave it to either the last regular season or playoff game as a send off to the fans.

Agreed completely. It would work if it was spontaneous, but it's way too forced.

If it's so important I expect the media networks to broadcast the salute after every home win now and not cut away for post-game analysis or their next show.

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On that hockey 2

they stated if this was planned then Dion should be stripped of the `c`

"It's disrespectful, it's deplorable, it's bush-league, and let me say this, they have a lot to answer for and if it was a planned exodus, I'll say this, if I was the manager, Dion Phaneuf would no longer be the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs" - Craig Button

hahahaha


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Holy crap this is stupid. This tradition of saluting the fans after every home win isn't even all that old. The Rangers I think started doing it 2 or 3 seasons ago and everybody else just followed suit. Maybe there's a perfectly good explanation for this, like the players feel like it's being overused and is losing its significance.

edit: Looks like the Rangers actually started doing this after the first lockout, but I don't think it caught on league wide until the past few seasons.

Caught a bit of That's Hockey 2Night (shoot me) and they opened up talking about it by saying "another firestorm is brewing."

A firestorm!

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Guys on the radio made a note that the players didn't do the huddle and stick raise to the fans at the end of the game which is the norm for a home game win.

well that's just stupid if it was intentional

We're really scraping the bottom of the barrel for stories.

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That was a good win.

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This didn't get much news but Gauthier was named captain of QMJHL for their Super Series games.  Was injured to start the season and has 5 points in 8 games.  Supposedly has been unreal in the face-off circle as well, if you fancy that sort of thing.

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Clarkson from Winnik and Polak is the grittiest, heartiest goal ever.

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