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Nonis says Bozak will be ready; Kessel says…nothing

Apr 29, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

Toronto general manager Dave Nonis said today he expects center Tyler Bozak (upper body) to be ready for the Leafs’ playoff-opener Wednesday in Boston.

Bozak missed the last two games of the regular season and left practice early today, raising concerns he may not be available against the B’s. The 27-year-old had 28 points this season, tied for fifth on the Leafs.

In other news, Toronto forward Phil Kessel declined to speak to the media today for reasons that are, at this point, unknown.

One possible reason: Kessel is notoriously shy and has never been eager to interact with the throng of reporters that covers the Leafs on a daily basis.


Kessel finished the regular season with 20 goals and 32 assists; his 52 points were tied for seventh most in the NHL.

Hence, all the people that waited around to talk to him.

  1. jpelle82 - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    he should show up and give yes/no answers only and not look at any of them while he does it. they will leave him alone eventually…dont know why players have to make themselves available if they dont want to

  2. imleftcoast - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:00 PM


  3. dropthepuckeh - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Kranky Kessel. Shocker.

  4. thehighcountrybear - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Wow…Bruins versus Leafs!

    Lucky sons of guns who get to be in Boston and Toronto for those games. Envy…for sure!

    Rock ‘n rollin…

  5. desertfan - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Gotta love the fact that all the Leaf haters have been yapping about the Kessel deal, Kadri, etc etc etc- way to go Burkie- finally a playoff team and a top ten sniper in exchange for ????

  6. 19to77 - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Oh, God. The Kessel trade. The second-deadest horse in hockey after Vancouver’s goalie drama. For the next two weeks we’re going to have to listen to every reporter in the sport harp on about the trade like it happened yesterday. Joy. =/

  7. badintent - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Kessel says nothing . Kudos for that. Burke the Jerk says everything! And Hazel Mae says she supports Burke. Was Kim involved ?Did Hazel make a sex tape ? TMZ is reporting…………………………………….

  8. hockeyflow33 - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Was Poonerman there?

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