Simmons: Josh Gorges trade ultimate insult to Maple Leafs

Josh Gorges blocked a trade from Montreal to Toronto, but accepted a deal to Buffalo. Go figure....

Josh Gorges blocked a trade from Montreal to Toronto, but accepted a deal to Buffalo. Go figure. (USA TODAY)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:01 PM ET

TORONTO - No one from the Maple Leafs will say anything on the record.

Not what they want to say. Not what they’re really thinking. Not what they’re feeling about Josh Gorges, a defenceman they wanted in their lineup.

The defenceman who picked the Buffalo Sabres over the Maple Leafs on Tuesday. He made that decision of supposedly sound mind, or so we are informed. He selected living in Buffalo and playing for quite possibly the worst team in the NHL over living in Toronto and playing in the so-called centre of the hockey universe.

He chose the armpit of America over one of the world’s great cities, current traffic and politics aside.

And some are quietly calling this the ultimate hockey insult. Because the Leafs want to scream out loud about this — but won’t.

“I’m too polite to say anything,” said general manager Dave Nonis. “It was his choice and he made it.”

This was a strange day in hockey, as July 1 always is.


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