If Aki Berg spends any free time reading, he is not perusing the local newspapers.
"I have not read them for the past few years, no," the Maple Leafs defenceman said. "I try to do my best every game and (negative reaction from the fans) does not bother me."
Berg, who returned to the lineup last night in Buffalo against the Sabres after missing a game with a sprained knee, is one of more than a few Leafs who has more to give. That's an opinion shared by coach Pat Quinn.
"I think a lot of our guys could be better at this point, but Aki has mobility and he has size," Quinn said.
If fans at the Air Canada Centre get on Berg, Quinn figured the 6-foot-3, 213-pound Finn could turn it into a positive.
"I look at it is as encouragement to say to Aki, 'Come on, we think you have more there,' " Quinn said.
GOOD FOR PERROTT
A number of Leafs were glad to see Nathan Perrott score in his first game for the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Perrott's goal made the highlight reels on ESPN. While prone on the ice, he scored against the Nashville Predators.
"They don't draw a picture on the scoresheet," Darcy Tucker said. "I'm happy for him. He's a good kid."
The Leafs traded Perrott to Dallas on Sunday for a conditional draft pick.
NO MORE CHANNEL SURFING
Gifted Sabres centre Daniel Briere has not only benefited from the crackdown on obstruction but he likes watching the NHL again.
"(Thursday night) I probably watched about four hours of hockey," Briere said. "A few years ago, I would have watched 10 minutes, fallen asleep and moved on to something else. I love watching games now. It's so much more fun."
And what caught Briere's eye? The beautiful goal by Sidney Crosby that gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a win in a shootout against the Montreal Canadiens. Crosby deked to his backhand to beat Jose Theodore, and sent the water bottle on top of the net flying.
"Everybody talks about his talent, but what impressed me the most was his composure," Briere said. "Being 18 years old and making that move, and do it perfectly. I was amazed he did it."