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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  • Mind Bomb

    Good for you Bozie, dont take no shit, and if any fans give you grief, send them to the complaint department of Mclaren and Orr, LLC.

    • playoff nut

      Mind Bomb Here let me get that door for you ,Mr Orr u have a winer ,umm I mean visitor wink

      • Mind Bomb

        playoff nut Mind Bomb  Haha nuter, that would be a fun place to work eh !

        • playoff nut

          Mind Bomb playoff nut thinkin I could be the official greeter

        • playoff nut

          Yes I think Mr Orr would enjoy this new position,knock knock ,whose there ?  A sens fan thats who  , Mr Orr  says get out ,u gotta be kidden ,some where a nut falls from a tree

        • furcifer

          playoff nut What does this even mean?

        • playoff nut

          furcifer playoff nut k lol,if u read back it means MB thinks a nut was funny I think

      • dlb eh

        playoff nut Mind Bomb
        “That man over there is talking to himself.   Do you see that scary looking man over there?
        “He’s a very scary looking man.”
        “Who is he?  What’s his name?”
        “His name is Colton Orr-ca Brasi, and he helps our players out sometimes.”

        • playoff nut

          dlb eh playoff nut Mind Bomb Hearing godfather theme again ,fin scary

  • dlb eh

    well done, Bozak.  play and win.
    let the twits tweet since there’s not much else they can do to stop you.

    • Pension Plan Puppets

      dlb eh Bingo. He’ll let his play on the ice show that he’s the catalyst for Kessel and JVR/Lupul

  • Area49th

    Don Cherry‏@CoachsCornerCBChttps://twitter.com/CoachsCornerCBC/status/355762483094499328
    1) I was absolutely shocked when Alfredsson left Ottawa & went to Detroit. I never dreamed he would ever leave. Don’t know what happened.

    • Area49th

      2) maybe they didn’t offer him enough money at the start. He won’t have the pressure he had in Ottawa but he has some Swede’s to play

    • Area49th

      3) So I am shocked but I understand.

      • Biltmore

        Area49th 
        I think some players are trying to get away from (financially) unstable owners.

    • dlb eh

      Area49th 
      see, Don does have tact.  that was the nicest way of saying “i didn’t think that puke would ever leave”

  • darthNihilus

    While he is no first line center I believe in giving him the opportunity since we have no one better (and no Grabbo was not a better option for whatever reason). With good play Bozie can silence his critics.

    • dlb eh

      darthNihilus 
      and that frees up Kadri and Bolland to centre to more quality lines.  i just don’t see the point, when Bozak has centred a line that can play well AND the team doesn’t suffer for it.

  • Bobsyouruncle

    So much for Bozak leaving money on the table if he didn’t field any other offers. Smart move on his agents part. There wouldn’t have been any better offers.   
    Hey Bozak, you suck.  #wasteofhockeytape.

    • Pension Plan Puppets

      Bobsyouruncle The coaches don’t think he sucks so that’s all that matters.

      • dlb eh

        Pension Plan Puppets Bobsyouruncle 
        and the players in the room believe in him, don’t forget

      • Jimmy Keating

        Pension Plan Puppets Bobsyouruncle We should totally get the guy with poor pass/shot selection/decision making that went over 20 games (including the playoffs) without a goal onto the 1st line. Sucks we bought him out; I’m sure there’s going to be a bidding war for his amazing possession skills anytime now. Teams value puck possession skills over anything else, you see. 
        If you can hold onto it for a long time, and then pass it when you should shoot or pass it into your teammates feet, you’re really good player (between the times your on your ass because you’re too small to play in the NHL)— it’s just that people that know hockey don’t get it because CORSI is the SHIT. They just don’t know it yet (except for the Oilers, they hired a blogger stats guy and it worked out GREAT for them).

  • darthNihilus

    someone should tell Bozak he’s not the first and he will not be the last. I mean people were bitching and whining when Damphousse centered the first line, then Dougie and also when Mats was putting up mad points. So F*** em’!

    • Pension Plan Puppets

      darthNihilus Exactly. Criticizing Bozak is just like criticizing Dougie and Sundin.

      • darthNihilus

        Pension Plan Puppets darthNihilus the point was that even if wayne gretzky in his prime was centering the first line people in t.o. would still bitch and complain.

        • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ daveybolland

          darthNihilus Pension Plan Puppets well in this case they are bitching about someone who is completely unlike Gretzky in that he’s a very average hockey player.

        • Pension Plan Puppets

          darthNihilus Yup and in every case it would be baseless.

        • darthNihilus

          @daveybolland darthNihilus Pension Plan Puppets Fack is this 3rd grade? I am not saying that Bozak is anything other than an average center, I am saying that it doesnt matter who is centering the first line where criticism is concerned. Do you not read the shit thats piled on Kessel even though he’s one of the best wingers in the game? Screw the opinions-go out on the ice and make the team win!

        • J Walter Weatherman

          darthNihilus Pension Plan Puppets 
          You raise a good point. Question for the two of you: what would generate less complaining from Leafs fans? 
          Playing Bozak as the 1C or a 52 year old Wayne Gretzky as the 1C?

  • Greg Fenton

    I don’t think a player should basically be telling the fans – your opinion of me doesn’t matter.
    Something about how he said it just rubs me the wrong way.

    • dlb eh

      Greg Fenton 
      of course it rubs you the wrong way.  you heard it how you wanted to hear it.  kinda like you already didn’t like him.  oddly enough, you’re the kinda guy he’s talking to, so in this case you should feel slighted…but i don’t.  because he’s not telling me that my opinion doesn’t matter.  he’s telling me that his teammates are his first loyalty, and i’m glad that’s the way it is.  i don’t want to cheer for a pre-madonna jackass who cares more about his twitter followers than the boys he suits up with nightly.  he’s not Bieber.

      • Greg Fenton

        dlb eh Greg Fenton I have no problem with Bozak, he isn’t a #1 center but I haven’t said anything him being a bad player or anything like that. Hell, I’ve said moving out Grabovski instead was a good move. 
        And he didn’t say his teammates were his #1 loyality. He basically said the fans opinion of him is wrong and not valid. I have an issue with pro-athletes telling the fans that.

        • dlb eh

          Greg Fenton dlb eh 
          but that’s taking his words out of context again

        • Greg Fenton

          dlb eh Greg Fenton I dont’ think it is. Saying “the fansare saying and I’ll take the coaches opinions every time” its the same as saying the fans opinions don’t matter aren’t valid. 
          I think its wrong whenever a fan takes an fustration about how a player is playing/performing out on a player personally, and I think most would agree, because we don’t know them personally we only know them through their proffesion. I also think its wrong whenever a player shows any kind of disrespect to the fans because the fans are who allow that player to make a living. Bozak is making 4.2 million a year (probably more then 99% of the fan base will ever make) because they are paying to support the team in one way or another, and I think its wrong for him to show any kind of disrespect because of that.

        • dlb eh

          Greg Fenton dlb eh 
          i think you’re reading into it too much.  don’t take his words so literally.  he didn’t type them out and edit for accuracy, so people can take away what they want.
          he acknowledged fans have their say, and in TOR it can be critical, but at the end of the day he has to worry more about his job.  and his boss is his coach, and his team mates are his peers.  he answers to them first.  if they’re accepting him, then he can live with the fans’ comments.

        • Jay_Berg

          What is he supposed to say?
          “ya the fans are right, I suck and I’m playing in a role that I’m not good enough for but thanks for the contract anyways” – drops mic

        • Greg Fenton

          dlb eh Greg Fenton He is a grown man, I don’t expect him to triple check everything for accuracy, but I do hold him accountable for what comes out of his mouth 
          In the comment I’m talking about, he doesn’ tmention his teammates or peers or loyality or anything like that. He said some fans dont think he play, he’ll take the coachs, who do play him at the #1 center spot, opinion over theirs. Thats is basically say he doesn’t respect the fans opinions. I have an issue with any pro-athlete (or actor or anyone who really relies on the fans support to make a living) disrespecting their fans like that. He doesn’t have to say he agrees with them or that they are right, but he shouldn’t be dismissing the opinions of the fans either. 
          At your job, your #1 client may be a pain in the ass sometimes, but that clients business helps you pay your bills, so you treat them with respect. Same thing here.

        • Greg Fenton

          Jay_Berg How about nothing? 
          Or, they are intitled to their opinion. I dunno I’m a #1 guy a #2 guy, a #3 guy. I just play were the coach tells me to play.

        • dlb eh

          Greg Fenton dlb eh 
          you know, some fans he absolutely doesn’t care about.  and why should he?  just because they’re fans?
          not all fans pay his bills, just like all customers shouldn’t tell me how to run my business if they want me to continue to run a business.

        • Greg Fenton

          dlb eh Greg Fenton Great, he shouldn’t be saying it publiclly though. You may rip that #1 client to your co-works, you certainly don’t do it to his face.

        • dlb eh

          Greg Fenton dlb eh 
          but you’re the only one so far who doesn’t like it.  you and the few twits.  the rest of us are applauding him.  does that mean nothing to you?

        • Greg Fenton

          dlb eh Greg Fenton Since when do numbers = right? By that logic if I was the only on here who said the Sun Revolved around the Earth, and you all said the Earth Revolved around Sun, I’d be wrong.  
          You can be ok with players basically saying fans opinions aren’t valid, I’m not. I don’t think players should show that kind of disrespect to the fans who basically pay their bills (and yes all fans do, even just by providing rating to the stations who in turn pay for the rights to boardcast the games).

        • dlb eh

          Greg Fenton dlb eh 
          you’re miserable
          i like Bozie even more now, can’t wait to here his next interview

        • Greg Fenton

          dlb eh Greg Fenton I’m not miserable at all.  
          So you just like the shock/argument factor of a player basically calling out a segment of the fan base that you don’t like yourself? You see like a wrestling promo I guess.

        • dlb eh

          Greg Fenton dlb eh 
          you remind me of a guy that used to go by a different name.  he used to twist words until he found an arguement he liked.
          since i don’t see it your way, i’m not like a wrestling promo.  weren’t you insulting me for doing what you just did?
          you need another hobby.

        • Greg Fenton

          dlb eh Greg Fenton I’m sorry if I insulted you, not what I meant to do. 
          I was going by your “can’t wait to here his next interview” comment and took that mean you want him to take more shots at/make more comments about fans on twitter who don’t like him. I just consider that kinda stuff “wrestling promo” stuff.

    • Pension Plan Puppets

      Greg Fenton Why not if he knows better? He’s played the game after all and his teammates tell him he’s good and they’ve also played the game. As long as he keeps being that 1C he’s right that he’s a 1C.

      • dlb eh

        Pension Plan Puppets Greg Fenton 
        no no no.
        the fans are better GMs and coaches, and even players.  the damned 1% just never give us a chance!

        • Pension Plan Puppets

          dlb eh Greg Fenton Of course the fans don’t know better. 
          How could they possibly do better than the Leafs’ management team that has done nothing but go from strength to strength over the past decade?
          It’s like trying to predict trades, only an idiot would think that they can predict them.

        • darthNihilus

          Pension Plan Puppets dlb eh Greg Fenton You’re being an ass and this isn’t PPP. Go back to your corner of the interwebs where you and your buddies can verbally jerk each other off while looking at pretty charts about how smart you think you are.

      • Mind Bomb

        Pension Plan Puppets Greg Fenton 100 percent PPP.

    • vji67

      Greg Fenton If he’s decided to address the criticism, what’s he supposed to say? I mean, the more diplomatic, pc response might be “I appreciate fans concerns about our team and my ability, but I want everyone to rest assured that I will be bringing my best and doing everything I can to help bring home a cup”. On the other hand, the vocal fans have not been remotely reasonable or respectful towards him, so I don’t blame him for reacting the same way. The poor guy has been getting absolutely sh*t on for a while simply because *management* (not him and not anything he can control) can’t find a better 1C.

      • Xxxxxnew

        Cct. He was asked a question on a radio show. He didn’t cal a press conference to share his thoughts.

      • Greg Fenton

        vji67 Greg Fenton I think in a situation like this, the player should either say nothing or be more humble about it and show more respect to the fans, cause even if they are critising him, its because they are spending money on the team that is able to make a living. 
        This comment is just striking the same cord with me as when Tiger Woods just told everyone, a few years ago, that what was going on with his wife was no ones else’s business. And I understand not wanting to share all the info and dont’ think he should be forced too or anything, but there are better ways to say it and deal with the fans who allow a pro-athlete to make a living in sports.

        • vji67

          Greg Fenton vji67 Totally understand where you’re coming from. Personally, I found it a pretty nice justice-y moment where he swung back and I didn’t mind it one bit considering how much shit he’s been getting.

        • dlb eh

          Greg Fenton vji67 
          oddly enough, 1 fan out of a 100 seems to be upset with his remarks.  i think he’s done quite well with those odds.
          (can’t please everyone all the time)

  • J Walter Weatherman

    Rank among Centres:
    31st in Goals
    50th in Assists
    41st in Points
    Maybe he’d be a 1C if there were 35 or 40 teams in the league

    • darthNihilus

      @J Walter Weatherman he said he “feels” like one because the coaches use him as such. So your problem is with the coaches and not the player.

      • J Walter Weatherman

        darthNihilus My problem is with the coach and the player. If you want to be precise.

    • Mind Bomb

      @J Walter Weatherman  Hello Weatherman, now go and see how each of those Centers wingers did. You have success as a line, at one Point Both of Bozaks wingers ( Lups & Kes)  were in the top 10 of scoring. 
      Its the end results that count :)

      • wiski

        Mind Bomb I said that before MB but everyone said it was inspite of him not because of him.

        • Mind Bomb

          wiski Mind Bomb  They were wrong :) 
          lol

      • J Walter Weatherman

        Mind Bomb You’re right. Bozak there would need to be 50 teams in the league for Bozak to be a 1C.
        When you factor in his ice time, he’s even less productive than the early numbers show.

      • J Walter Weatherman

        Mind BombYou’re right. There would need to be 50 teams in the league for Bozak to be a 1C.
        When you factor in the huge amounts of ice time Bozak logged, he’s even less productive than the early numbers show.

        • Mind Bomb

          @J Walter Weatherman Mind Bomb Points are not the only measure of Production/usefulness

        • J Walter Weatherman

          Mind Bomb Another great point.
          There’s shots for vs. shots against.  Bozak was 192 among Cs by this measure.
          There’s goals for vs. goals against. Bozak was 215 among Cs by this measure.

    • dlb eh

      @J Walter Weatherman 
      good thing there’s always stats like that to make a person look foolish.

      • J Walter Weatherman

        dlb eh Could not agree more. 
        Can you imagine comparing Bozak to Thornton or Getzlaf based on some crazy stat like $ per point to evaluate the contract?
        Oh, the hilarity that would ensue.

        • dlb eh

          @J Walter Weatherman dlb eh 
          i know right?!

    • Pension Plan Puppets

      @J Walter Weatherman Why’s he the 1C then? Seems like you’re ignoring the chemistry he has with Kessel and Lupul

    • Burtonboy

      @J Walter Weatherman Do you consider Nazim Kadri a # 1 C ? Finished 12 th in the league in the stats you mentioned

      • J Walter Weatherman

        Burtonboy What are the odds Kadri would be 12 in G, 12 in A and 12 in points?!? That’s amazing.
        No. Kadri is not a 1C yet. 
        The good news is: next year, Carlyle will play Kadri as the 3C with nobody on his wings. His production will disappear to almost nothing and the Leafs will dump him for spare parts. Everyone that celebrated Grabovski’s departure can have tea and cake to celebrate the brilliance of Nonis and Carlyle’s asset management.

        • Burtonboy

          @J Walter Weatherman Burtonboy By your method of assessing Bozak Kadri is indeed # 1 C. What makes you think Kadri plays 3rd line center sport ? Did Carlyle share some info with you ?

        • darthNihilus

          @J Walter Weatherman Burtonboy or maybe the Leafs will make the playoffs again, go a little further, and then all you haters can eat your own …hats.

        • J Walter Weatherman

          Burtonboy Yes Carlyle shared info with me.
          It was difficult at first to understand what he was saying, but after studying video of Koko the ape and giving Randy a sock puppet and some crayons, we were able to decipher the very rudimentary communications from him.
          Eventually, the message became clear. Carlyle prefers toughness over skill; uses a system where the Leafs are badly outshot night in night out; likes to keep Jake Gardiner in the press box or with the Marlies; and has an arbitrary sense of what “earned” ice time means. Also, he thinks Colton Orr is Bobby Orr.

        • Burtonboy

          @J Walter Weatherman Burtonboy Ok I just broke my own rule . Never engage a troll . That can be fixed ASAP

        • darthNihilus

          Burtonboy Another PPP twat. Must be outpatient day at the looney bin.

        • J Walter Weatherman

          Burtonboy who’s enraged? 
          I’m perfectly calm dude. Calmer than you…oh, you typed “engage” 
          Never mind.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ daveybolland

    Of course Bozak thinks because his teammates like him that and the coach let him play beside Kessel that it means he’s a true number one C.
    What else did we expect him to say?
    We all know he’s not a good number one center. He’s not even an average one. He’s a well below average one. 41th among centers in scoring. 
    Even at 4.2 he shouldn’t be guaranteed that spot.

    • Pension Plan Puppets

      @daveybolland How can you question his role or the coach’s decision when the Leafs made the playoffs with him in that role? He’s going to do just fine.

      • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ daveybolland

        Pension Plan Puppets I know you’re being sarcastic

      • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ daveybolland

        Pension Plan Puppets I get it, you’re being sarcastic

        • Pension Plan Puppets

          @daveybolland Huh? I’m just saying that you seem to be ignoring a lot that Bozak brings to the table to say he’s not a 1C when a Cup winning coach and a strong GM think he is.

        • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ daveybolland

          Pension Plan Puppets PPP, I know your shtick. 
          I also know you came in here acting as condescending as usual.

        • Pension Plan Puppets

          @daveybolland Nope, just have renewed faith in the team’s management.

        • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ daveybolland

          Pension Plan Puppets Curious, why do you guys bother anymore?

        • Jimmy Keating

          @daveybolland Pension Plan Puppets They get paid per post by SB Nation, that’s why.

    • dlb eh

      @daveybolland 
      listen, Weatherman.  why aren’t you and Tyler playing NHL 14 demos?  i mean, come on Phil.  we know you’re just joshin’

      • J Walter Weatherman

        dlb eh 
        9 days out of 10, I’d be playing NHL 14 instead of hanging out in here, but my mum put a limit on how much time I can spend playing games.

  • ConnorCrisp

    Did you see Colton orrs dad when he came to a game last season? Holy fack that guy looked tough

    • Pension Plan Puppets

      ConnorCrisp The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree!

      • Jimmy Keating

        Pension Plan Puppets ConnorCrisp and you love your fighters, don’t you PPP. 
        “Hitting? Fighting? Face punchers are BULLIES! WE DON’T LIKE BULLIES, DO WE!” 
        Unless it’s you and your handsome pack of trolls bullying people from behind a moniker.