Tyler Bozak on his critics

Tyler Bozak on his critics

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Tyler Bozak joined Mike Hogan and Jeff O’Neill on TSN 1050’s Blue Lunch segment. Bozak revealed that he didn’t field offers from other teams having agreed to terms with the Leafs before free agency opened at Noon last Friday. He also responded to a few questions about his controversial status as the Leafs number one center.

Do you see yourself as a number one center?

“Yeah I do. I’m confident in myself. Obviously there are going to be guys better than you and guys that aren’t, but the line that I’ve been on has had a lot of success. I haven’t had as many points as my two wingers but they all had career years. I mean, if you asked them I think they’d say I was a big part of it. So I do, yes.”

Do the critics get to him?

“It doesn’t bother me at all. We play in Toronto, there’s going to be a lot of criticism coming. I’m happy. The only thing that matters is the guys in the room and I know they believe in me and they think I belong where I’m playing. Obviously the coach does, too. I’ve had two coaches now who have had the opportunity to not play me in that role and have, so if there’s a few fans on Twitter who don’t think I can play it… I’ll take the coach’s opinion over theirs every time.”

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Lee
Lee

Hey Tyler - Hang in there buddy - You are a number one center and the Leafs are better off to have you than not have you.  Too bad about the playoff injury man - you were rocking....keep it up!  

Humble Leaf fan that never put a paper bag on my head!

.JVR.
.JVR.

Damn guys, it's only July and I'm already so excited for next season.

Can't stop thinking about how good our top six is gonna be with Kadri, Kessel, Lupul, JVR and Clarkson.  I guess Bozak will be there too, but I'm not too excited about that, haha.


Hopefully Nonis can get Franson under contract long-term, that way we don't have to go through this again for awhile and obviously Gunnarsson and Fraser will be back, as they're going to arbitration, unless of course they're part of a trade.  (not 100% sure whether they can even be traded if they go through arbitration)


Then, when the cap goes up next season, package a player or two and some prospects for that defence partner Phaneuf truly needs and we'll be well on our way to contending for the Cup.

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

Thanks for the chit chat, Boys......gotta get moving.   Have a great afternoon, All......be back later  :)

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

I'm hoping that Big Joe's injuries are behind him and we'll get to see what he can really do with the big boys this season.  I still think he's eventually going to be a very good player for our Leafs.  :)

.JVR.
.JVR.

Does anybody know if Naz is planning on training with Gary Roberts again this summer?


I know there was alot of controversy at the Marlies training camp when Eakins basically said he was out of shape, but I think a regimented training and nutrition program like Gary's is perfect for Kadri.

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

Morning Guys.....just thought I'd pop in and talk at yas, while having my coffee, before heading to the hospital.  Gonna be a beautiful day.....think I'll be throwing a couple of chickens on the Kamado before heading out.  :)

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

Good morning all!

Question for you guys. Is it possible to pay a junior team ( say London Knights) to trade for Rielly so that he is in a winning program and has the benefit of great coaching.

Or is that frowned upon by the Leagues.

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

I'm resigned to this - well at least we don't have ole splodey bones Tim Connolly or Johnny Mitchell  as our #1C centering. Failing that I can always pull out the hard stuff.   

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

On the Bozak topic, my position on Bozak vs. Grabo is that neither one is close to a 1C and it wouldn’t have mattered much to me which one they kept.Both are/were overpaid but Grabo’s overpayment was ridiculous.

For those that prefer Grabo over Bozak, cap space is paramount for the Leafs this year.Simple questions:

Would you rather have Grabo for another 4 years at $5.5M or Franson for the next 4 years at $4.25M and Gunnar for the next 4 years at $3.5?

Would you rather have Grabo or be forced to trade one of Kulemin, Gunnar or Franson?

The only thing in Grabo’s favour is that if we kept him over Bozak it would have cost us $1.3M of cap hit that is critical this year but we could have bought out Liles and picked up $3.8M of valuable cap space.

The right choice in the Bozak or Grabo debate may boil down to whether or not we are able to off load Liles by trading him.If we can trade Liles, Bozak was definitely the right choice.If we can’t then it remains debatable.

Savo43
Savo43

Yo guys, so what if Kovalchuk just decides to come out of retirement next year? Can he do that? lol. 

leafmealone
leafmealone

@.JVR. Kadri was recovering from an injury last summer for a good period and didn't spend more than two/three weeks with Roberts. That was the reason he came into camp somewhat behind other players. He certainly didn't get a chance to do a full session. I would expect that he is still training with Gary, and that we see a more fit version of Naz come training camp.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@.JVR. Never heard anything official but Naz started tweeting about hitting the gym the same day Roberts camp opened. Coincidence ...maybe .

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@.JVR. As far as I'm concerned, that was the good ol' TO media making a mountain out of a molehill with regards to Eakins comments.  Whether or not Naz is training with Roberts, I'm sure he knows what is required in order to show up to camp in shape and ready to go.

.JVR.
.JVR.

@wendelsway1 

What are you heading to the hospital for, if you don't mind me asking?

I hope everything is alright and this beautiful day might be wasted if you're heading to the ER.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Someone was say that Moose Jaw should be more competitive this season.

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Komas Taberle 

I don't think CHL teams from different leagues are allowed to trade players.

If they were, I'm sure we would see alot of players traded from one league to the other and I don't recall ever seeing it happen.

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

@Savo43 

He is never coming back to the NHL.  By retiring, he signed his own death warrant.  He'll just have to make do with the $15M a year he will get in Russia.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Savo43 Only if all 29 teams agree to allow him to return according to Bob McKenzie 

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@wiski @wendelsway1 Sounds good wiski.........can't beat the Kamado....I will never go back to propane.....everything on the Kamado tastes so much better  :)

leafmealone
leafmealone

@.JVR. @Komas Taberle You can't trade players from one league to another. And the league you play in/get drafted by is determined by where you live. You can't play for a team that isn't in the league wherein you reside (ie. Rielly is from Van. so he has to play in the WHL).

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Knights2Leafs @Savo43 Latest is he will sign a 3 yr. $50 million dollar contract next week . With the lower taxes its probably worth more then the 77 mil left on his NJ contract 

Savo43
Savo43

@Knights2Leafs @Savo43 Its too bad really, he's a talented player, one of the best in the world. Gotta believe this will influence a lot of young Russians to stay home unfortunately. Could be a blessing in disguise however if it eventually branches the NHL into a world league, albeit 30+ years down the road when UFO's are the main source of travel LOL. 5 seconds to get to Russia from Vancouver, nbd. 

.JVR.
.JVR.

@wiski

I'm pretty sure he got special permission to skip that, as he is an athlete and has to keep his conditioning up.


I recall reading something about how his family practice islam, but he doesn't take part in all the religious stuff.

WendelGilmour
WendelGilmour

@wiski @Burtonboy @.JVR. Great, the last time Naz trained with the Leafs staff (Anthony Belza) he was blasted by Wilson for training the wrong areas. Same with Schenn. These are the reasons Roberts and the Leafs are at odds.

Regardless, Naz can take what he learned last year to train this summer.

.JVR.
.JVR.

@leafmealone

I realize that, obviously he trained by himself last off-season, before joining Roberts' camp for however long it lasted.  (6 weeks I believe)

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@wiski @wendelsway1 Thanks wiski.....nice to be back...crazy week but hopefully things will be back to normal soon.......well as normal as they can be in my household....lol

.JVR.
.JVR.

@wendelsway1

Everytime I'm at Rona and see the Kamado, I think of you guys.  

Will definitely have to consider buying one when my Broil King burns out.

Savo43
Savo43

@Knights2Leafs @Savo43 Only thing that tops that is womens tennis. Something about the noise they make hittin that ball. 

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

@Savo43

Enjoy.  I'm heading off to Waterloo later this morning to watch me some ladies' PGA golf.

leafmealone
leafmealone

@Burtonboy @leafmealone @Knights2Leafs @Savo43 Who knows? But if you factor in the tax free element to what he'll earn in the KHL, he'd have to be getting paid like 30mil a year in the NHL for it to even out. I personally don't really get the animosity towards him. He's going to his home country (and people are always complaining about TO area boys not wanting to sign with the Leafs-double standard), and he's going to be making WAY, WAY more money. And I think it was done now to help NJ, not to abandon them.