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Offline cw

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Armstrong healthy, can't wait for camp
« on: July 14, 2011, 10:40:50 PM »
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/07/14/armstrong-healthy-cant-wait-for-camp
“I hate camp, but I can’t wait to get back and hang around with the fellas and get started again,” Armstrong said on Thursday. “I can say that last season didn’t exactly go the way I wanted it to go.”

That’s an understatement. The Leafs missed the playoffs again, and the absences of Armstrong, who signed a three-year, $9-million US deal with Toronto last summer, didn’t help. A couple of broken feet, a couple of hand injuries and a bleeding eye kept Armstrong in the infirmary a lot more than he would have liked.

All told, Armstrong was on the sideline for 32 games. In the 50 he played, he had eight goals and 15 assists. When he was forced to the sideline, the Leafs missed his grit, tenacity and his ability to drive opponents up a wall.
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Armstrong likes the off-season moves that general manager Brian Burke has made. Centre Tim Connolly, signed the day after free agency opened, has the job as the team’s No. 1 centre to lose, while defencemen John-Michael Liles and Cody Franson will bring different elements to the blue line. Centre Matthew Lombardi, if he can get past concussion problems, should contribute.

There are no airs with Armstrong. His effusive personality came through clear during a telephone interview.

“I’m pumped,” Armstrong said. “But I’m not going to lie. On that first day (July 1), I was thinking, ‘Where’s our Leafs?’ when nothing happened. I’m a huge Connolly fan after playing so many years against him. Liles is a heck of a player, and the same with Franson. Lombardi is a speedster who would be great up the middle for us and can make things happen.

“Getting (James) Reimer signed was another key move, and I was happy when (Tyler) Bozak and (Clarke) MacArthur re-signed. They’re all quality guys.”

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“I have to believe that whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” Armstrong said, referring to his rash of injuries.

“I don’t know what I could have done to stop any of my injuries from happening. I feel fine now, though, and I’m just looking forward to getting back and getting going again.”


The Leafs seemed to be a different team with Colby in the lineup. Glad he's on the roster and healthy. I'm with him: the season can't come too soon.

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Re: Armstrong healthy, can't wait for camp
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2011, 10:47:40 PM »
I really like this guy, seems wherever he's gone people say the same, glad he's a Leaf.
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Re: Armstrong healthy, can't wait for camp
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2011, 11:28:50 PM »
I like him too, but could his answers be any more predictable?

• Last season didn't go the way he would have liked it to.
• Finally healthy and can't wait for the new season to start.
• Loves the moves made over the summer.

I must have read that trio of statements, or close variations, a hundred times over the years.

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Re: Armstrong healthy, can't wait for camp
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2011, 11:30:17 PM »
I like him too, but could his answers be any more predictable?

• Last season didn't go the way he would have liked it to.
• Finally healthy and can't wait for the new season to start.
• Loves the moves made over the summer.

I must have read that trio of statements, or close variations, a hundred times over the years.

But before Army how many times did you hear "Half-Clapper Top Cheddar"?
"They say you can judge a man by the company he keeps. So here is the professor's oldest friend, a grotesque, stinking lobster." - Bender

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Re: Armstrong healthy, can't wait for camp
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2011, 12:34:33 AM »
I like him too, but could his answers be any more predictable?

• Last season didn't go the way he would have liked it to.
• Finally healthy and can't wait for the new season to start.
• Loves the moves made over the summer.

I must have read that trio of statements, or close variations, a hundred times over the years.

An interview is only as good as the interviewer.  Ask him what his thoughts are on the Leafs' free agency moves, and of course you'll get similar answers.  Honestly, I thought his answer was less predictable than others simply because he mentioned the lack of moves on July 1.

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Re: Armstrong healthy, can't wait for camp
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2011, 08:50:17 AM »
Hopefully he stays healthy.  With Armstrong in the lineup I definitely think the Leafs are a tougher team to play against.

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Re: Armstrong healthy, can't wait for camp
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2011, 09:47:32 AM »
I like him too, but could his answers be any more predictable?

• Last season didn't go the way he would have liked it to.
• Finally healthy and can't wait for the new season to start.
• Loves the moves made over the summer.

I must have read that trio of statements, or close variations, a hundred times over the years.

He opened with the line, "I hate camp". 

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Re: Armstrong healthy, can't wait for camp
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2011, 09:47:32 AM »