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Leafs don’t think HBO cameras will be too big a distraction

Sep 19, 2013, 12:38 PM EDT

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From head coach Randy Carlyle to young forward Nazem Kadri, the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday were downplaying the potential negative effects of their participation in HBO’s “24/7″ series during the month-long run-up to the Winter Classic on Jan. 1.

Said Carlyle of the challenge for his players as HBO’s cameras invade the dressing room and their everyday lives, per the National Post: “Well, they’re going to live like I do now. I have you guys in my face all the time. They’re going to have to live a little more like that. Obviously it’s a challenge to get used to but I don’t think it’s that drastic.”

Similarly, hhere’s Kadri, on the constant presence of the cameras: “You guys are around all the time, so we’ve gotten pretty used to it. I don’t think anyone is going to be pretty distracted by it.”

But at least one columnist, Sportsnet’s Michael Grange, thinks it’s a terrible idea for the Leafs, who already have a big spotlight on them.

Writes Grange: “There’s no doubt the whole thing could be fun, but the Leafs don’t need fun. They need focus. They need winning. When your team is a season-long, decades-long, minute-by-minute storyline, you don’t need more storylines.”

  1. tmoore4075 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Grange makes a point but it is what it is. This is part of the Winter Classic now. The whole thing is a huge win for the NHL so you want to be part of this big event then this is what you get. I personally think it won’t change anything one way or another for the Leafs.

    • withseidelinn - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      I think at the most it will make a few of the more shy guys (Kessel) feel uncomfortable. Doubt it will affect play though.

  2. skr213 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I don’t think this will affect their ability to lose at all. :-|

  3. gekkoguy82 - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I understand that the NHL is a business, and a serious job for a lot of people and players. But it still makes me sad to see that columnist say that the Leafs need focus, not fun. When you get down to it, essence of the sport is that it’s supposed to be fun and enjoyable. Especially with an event like this! I don’t know. I realize it’s important for these guys to be successful, getting paid the way they are and so on, but it bums me out nonetheless. Nature of the beast I guess.

  4. hockeyflow33 - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Chicago has had 24/7 and NHL 36 on them a few times and they haven’t been successful at all so Grange makes a great point.

  5. thesportsjudge - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    “hhere’s Kadri”

    Is this in homage to the past?

    JK

  6. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I don’t think it will be that big of a deal. The Toronto media is always in their face all the time as it is… what’s one more camera crew? What could HBO possibly do that the TMZ-style Toronto media hasn’t already done? Leafs will be fine.

  7. classiefreddieblassie - Sep 19, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    It’s a great idea. This gives the Make Beliefs an excuse when they miss the Playoffs. That, and Kessel being a bum.

  8. 950003cups - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Will we get another Bryzgalov?

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