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.”
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!
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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.
Thanks for the chit chat, Boys......gotta get moving. Have a great afternoon, All......be back later :)
@wendelsway1 Later WW hopefully the old man recovers soon
We've seen these comments before, but a nice little piece on Verhaeghe.
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. :)
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.
@.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. Never heard anything official but Naz started tweeting about hitting the gym the same day Roberts camp opened. Coincidence ...maybe .
@.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.
I realize that, obviously he trained by himself last off-season, before joining Roberts' camp for however long it lasted. (6 weeks I believe)
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.
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. :)
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.
Here's to a speedy recovery for your husband
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.
@Xxxxxnew hard to be any less so...
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.
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.