The Leafs Are Embracing Their New Reputation

In one of the most head-scratching days on Twitter, a new narrative was formed on Friday when tweets from Winnipeg beat reporter Murat Ates suggested that the Toronto Maple Leafs were a dirty team.

Between this hit on Perreault, Zach Hyman’s high-stick on Neal Pionk, and Alex Galchenyuk’s hit on Adam Lowry, Toronto is certainly taking a physical toll on Winnipeg in advance of the playoffs — and it’s not exactly all clean.
— Murat Ates (@WPGMurat) April 23, 2021

While this narrative was picked up and explored by the Toronto media, it will no doubt be hilarious to most of the Leafs’ fanbase. A team with some absolute teddy bear personalities like Jack Campbell, Mitch Marner and Joe Thornton couldn’t possibly be a dirty team.
In fact, all we’ve heard for so many years, from the media and a certain section of the fanbase, is that the Leafs are a soft team, they don’t defend themselves, don’t drop the gloves or throw the body. Many have even suggested that “Kyle Dubas hates grit,” and to be fair, there have been times where their game has lacked that element, but to paraphrase a quote from Wayne Simmonds, they start defending …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

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