Today in "Kadri watch"

I’m coming to terms with the fact that the Maple Leafs “Media/Spin-wheel” moves faster than Snooki hitting an open bar that serves free cheeseburgers. Anything that revolves around the Leafs is thrown into said wheel. Existing Leafs, staff, hell, even players who are linked to the Leafs by rumours. Or, even better, players who haven’t officially made the Leafs roster. Case in point: Nazem Kadri.

Being subjected to Toronto hockey media on a daily basis for the last year has made me realize something about Kadri. The kind of coverage this kid gets is almost identical to how a pregnant panda is covered in the Will Ferrel movie “Anchorman.”

Yeah, I’m going there.

This would actually be impressive if it wasn’t so damn annoying. I understand Kadri is probably the most talented prospect Toronto has drafted in more than a decade, but please. This year’s “Kadri watch” (or Spin wheel) picked up exactly where last year’s pre-season ‘watch’ ended. It’s as if Toronto’s sports media thinks hockey fans need to know when Kadri tapes a new stick or has a new linemate because Grabovski was busy beating up some dude at a bar.

Think about it. Every day there’s some breaking news piece that never amounts to anything. It’s not Kadri’s fault, but I could have sworn yesterday I heard some sports telecast saying “Kadri watch: Day 12 – Nazem now has a mohawk.” Much to my amazement, it’s somehow spun into why Kadri is a high end prospect.

Great work “talented” sports anchor, I’m very impressed with your analysis.

The worst part of all this is the fact that there are a number of good Kadri stories to tell. How about the fact that Kadri stated he needed to be “more creative” following a night of poor puck decisions, frequent turnovers and forcing fancy plays that weren’t there in a 5-0 loss the Ottawa Senators? How about the fact that Kadri’s most (read: only) memorable 2010 pre-season moment, the London shootout goal, is virtually the same one as his 2009 shootout goal? Or maybe that some odd-ball blogger who names himself after ridiculous movie characters thinks Kadri’s biggest pre-season impact could involve giving Nick Boynton lessons on throat slash gestures?

Toronto hockey media has created this “Kadri watch” frenzy and fans are subjected to the crap it spews out. It’s all part of the Spin wheel and I’m so sick of it. Right now, there is nothing to spin. Kadri’s play this pre-season hasn’t been very good. None of the other stuff matters.

If “Kadri watch” has to happen, can it at least be about newsworthy stories and dare I say, some half decent insight? Please?