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‘I never felt that Nazem ever listened to me,’ says former Leafs coach Wilson of Kadri


Earlier this season, former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson took aim and blasted Phil Kessel in a radio interview when Randy Carlyle lost his job.

More than two months later, and with the Leafs near the end of a tumultuous season, Wilson has spoken out about Nazem Kadri, who was punished three games for what started out as missing a team meeting and culminated with the ban and being told publicly by Brendan Shanahan to “grow up.”

Wilson, who coached Kadri in Toronto for parts of three seasons, made the comments while appearing on TSN on Friday.

“My experience was basically difficult,” said Wilson, “because I never felt that Nazem ever listened to me.

“And it was all evidence in we would say, ‘Don’t turn the puck over.’ And the next shift Nazem would go out there and turn the puck over. If we had drawn a hard line with him and sent him down to the minors and made (an) example of him early on in his career, he might not be doing these things now.

“He might’ve been reformed. But as this has gone on and on, it keeps getting worse. He’s still making the same mistakes he did as a rookie. He’s better, obviously. He’s physically better. But he still has a tendency  to turn the puck over at the offensive blue line. That has to be rooted out of him.”

Kadri is expected back in Toronto’s lineup Saturday against the Canucks in Vancouver.

Flames burn Maple Leafs to jump into second in Pacific Division


There was no miracle comeback for the Calgary Flames.

It wasn’t necessary. They were facing a beleaguered Toronto Maple Leafs team that continues to descend in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Flames jumped back into second in the Pacific Division, one point ahead of the Vancouver Canucks and two better than the L.A. Kings, after smoking the Leafs by a final score of 6-3 on Friday. Calgary built up a lead thanks to a four-goal first-period and cruised from there.

And in the absence of their captain and best defenseman Mark Giordano, the Flames are 5-0-1. They continue to win, even as pundits predicted they would, at some point this season, falter, and it’s turned them into one of the surprise playoff-contending stories, with the post-season quickly approaching.

Lance Bouma was given a major penalty and ejected in the first period after kneeing Leafs forward Brandon Kozun.

Despite giving Toronto a five-minute power play to work with, maybe try to take control of the game, the Flames scored twice while short-handed. Game over.

Been a while since the Flames did that.

The Leafs are in Vancouver for a Saturday tilt with the Canucks. Nazem Kadri is expected back in Toronto’s lineup after his three-game punishment.

Video: Flames’ Bouma ejected for kneeing


Calgary Flames forward Lance Bouma was given a major penalty for kneeing and a game misconduct after sticking out his knee on an open ice hit on Toronto Maple Leafs forward Brandon Kozun.

The incident happened as Kozun was carrying the puck through the neutral zone, just past the midway point of the first period. Bouma then fought Zach Sill.

Calgary jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first period.