Toronto Maple Leafs News and Notes, Player Stats and Quotes, Week 4.

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 6: Auston Matthews #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs heads back to the bench after scoring against the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on February 6, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Canucks 5-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 6: Auston Matthews #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs heads back to the bench after scoring against the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on February 6, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Canucks 5-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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EDMONTON, AB – JANUARY 28: T.J. Brodie #78, Auston Matthews #34 and Wayne Simmonds   (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /

Best Quotes: Toronto Maple Leafs

Wayne Simmonds after practice on Wednesday, where he was asked where his desire to help those in underprivileged communities comes from;

"“That’s where I come from.  I come from underprivileged and under-served communities, and my mom made me make a promise when I was younger, if I ever made it to the NHL that, you know, I’d give back to the community that gave so much to me.”  He goes on to add, “If you can’t see it, you can’t be it, and I just look to be a positive influence.”"

Can we just give this guy a medal.  The entire presser is here.

As a follow up, Austin Matthews was asked what Wayne Simmonds brings to the team during a post game presser on Saturday night;

"“He’s a great teammate and a great player.  He really elevates our competitiveness”"

There is no stat for that.  As I stated earlier, the team is going to miss him more than some people think.

Travis Dermott after Wednesday’s practice;

"“Trying to simplify my game.  In the past I think I’ve been a little too over-excited.”"

A young player finally maturing?  I think so based on his play so far this year.  He’s been calmer and made less mistakes.  I hope we don’t lose him to Seattle.

Dermott was also asked about watching video on the bench during a practice.  He thought it was great and then went all Nostradamus, and I have to say I agree completely with his observation;

"“Having a video reference out there, while we’re out there, I think, I don’t see that not happening on every team’s bench during practice in the next 5 years.”"

Hey look, the Leafs are ahead of the curve, again.

dark. Next. 1st Big Trade Rumour of the Year

Until next week,

Keep your sticks on the ice.