Domi takes jab at media coverage

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

Tie Domi's idea of a partnership in the re-launched National Hockey League goes beyond an improved relationship between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association.

Twice during a news conference yesterday Domi, without being asked a question, scolded the Toronto media for being too hard on general manager John Ferguson this week and implored reporters to be more positive as a whole.

"In this new CBA, as a partnership, I think we need the media on our side in this market," Domi said. "We need a positive spin on this market and this team. We need your guys' help, too. The more you knock our team, the less it is helping us. I just hope whatever John does we will be behind it."

Never mind that the majority of reporters and columnists don't pack pompoms before heading off to games.

Though he agreed later each is entitled to his or her opinion, Domi abruptly cut short an interview on AM640, apparently because of a beef with Leafs Lunch co-host Bill Watters.

HELLISH WEEK

Domi, who warned against dismissing the Leafs this season even though he referred to the club as an underdog, acknowledged the past week had been hellish. It also has not been easy for Ferguson, who could not do much as conference rivals such as the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins made a number of moves to improve.

Ferguson still has some work to do before training camp opens around Sept. 12. With the signings of Domi and Jason Allison, he has approximately $7 million to $8 million US remaining to sign four players. And there are whispers now that he is willing to trade defenceman Ken Klee after deciding to not buy out Klee's $1.9-million contract.

Biding his time in an effort to pounce on big names next summer is not part of Ferguson's thinking.

"This is not solely about today and tomorrow but it is about establishing competitiveness and an ability to win over time," Ferguson said. "It pains me to say this market has not won in 37 years and counting, but we have a plan that is going to put us in place to have a club that can win now and in the future."


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