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Sports Former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser backs Mike Commodore's aggression toward Mike Babcock

23:05  23 november  2019
23:05  23 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Commodore has taken to Twitter to voice his displeasure toward new Toronto Maple Leafs Commodore used some rather harsh language with his tweets, which are all linked here. He has not played in the NHL since 2011-12 when he suited up

Mike Commodore, Mike Babcock, Mark Fraser are posing for a picture© Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited

It seems to be one of those stories that keeps evolving, and the bigger it gets, the more people are willing to speak up.

Former Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser is the latest individual to share a few thoughts on the Mike Babcock-Mike Commodore feud. Fraser, who spent two out of his seven seasons in the NHL with Toronto, backed Commodore's aggressive analysis of Babcock and offered some intriguing insight into how NHL players may view Babcock.

"Anyone who thinks @commie22 (Commodore) needs to lay off Babs (Babcock) just doesn't understand how much hate players have for him," Fraser said in a tweet Saturday. "It's beyond him scratching @commie22 or saying he was out of shape. #NHL players are a very very small population of athletes and people. We share stories throughout the years with each other and for those outside the locker rooms, you will never truly understand some of the terrible undeserving things Babs has done to some of his players."

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For those of you who might be lost, in 2002, Commodore was cut by Babcock for being overweight while the two were in Anaheim, so when Babcock was released by the Leafs on Wednesday, the former NHLer took some jabs at his former coach.

He had more to say, but the most recent post included a picture of Babcock packing his truck in Toronto, which seemingly prompted Fraser to come to the defense of Commodore.

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Mike Babcock , center, became the sixth Toronto Maple Leafs coach fired since 2006.Credit Nick Turchiaro/USA Today Sports, via Reuters. To replace Babcock , the team promoted Sheldon Keefe from its American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. The former N.H.L. general manager

In a thread of tweets, Fraser mentioned how 95 percent of the players he has heard from regarding Babcock "can’t say a good thing about (him)." He also noted that Commodore was speaking for the masses in reference to the fraternity of current and former NHL players.

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He then went on to answer a select number of questions from fans and clear the air on how Commodore received the photo of Babcock packing.

"Commie didn't take that picture," Fraser said. "Babs coaches in Toronto. #Leafs fans are everywhere. That was someone else's picture."

So who are we to believe? Well, perhaps Fraser said it best: "If only the outsiders in the hockey world knew the truth."

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People are calling him "Snitch Marner."The Toronto Sun recently revealed that the ex-coach allegedly asked one of the Leafs’ rookies to make him a list of all the players on the team, ranking them in order of hardest working to slackers.

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