Apr 3, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle talks to hs players during a break in the action against the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Boston 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs: New Twist on Ice Bucket Challenge

Feb 8, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bozak (42) celebrates a goal by forward James van Riemsdyk (21) during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Vancouver 3-1. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

We reported earlier this week on Tyler Bozak‘s acceptance of the Ice Bucket Challenge and how he redirected the challenge to James van Riemsdyk. This is all good fun between teammates on the Toronto Maple Leafs and it supports a great cause, too.

In other words, there’s nothing here to criticize or question.

On the other hand, this can’t be easily said for Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin – a pair of former Leafs – who challenged current Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle and general manager Dave Nonis in their Ice Bucket Challenge video.

Here’s the video:

I’m not sure whether to view this as a bit of fun directed at old foes or something petty for exactly the same reason. We know Carlyle and Grabovski had a tumultuous relationship in Toronto – Grabovski once called his former coach an “idiot” to the press – while Nonis made little effort to retain the services of Kulemin this off-season. Thus, the video could be their attempt to settle an old score, but that would be pretty low, no?

They’d essentially be taking advantage of a very worthy cause for their own purposes. Hopefully, this isn’t the case and the two newest members of the New York Islanders are actually trying to bury the hatchet.

May 6, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jussi Rynnas (40) tries to get a rebound as Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Nikolai Kulemin (41) and forward James van Riemsdyk (21) and center Mikhail Grabovski (84) approach during game three of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Boston defeated Toronto 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Having said all this, I wouldn’t expect Carlyle to accept the challenge anyway. He doesn’t strike me as the fun-loving type of personality, and he’s certainly not known as a coach who likes to interact with his players (past or present). In this sense, he’s no Dan Bylsma, a.k.a. “Disco Dan.”

Nonis is a different case altogether. I doubt the man has ever been wet in his life – he’s not the type to sweat or do any hard work – so why start now? He wants to keep his new suit looking fresh after all.

Assuming they don’t accept the challenge, it’d be nice to Carlyle and Nonis make a donation. After they each were recently given undeserved contract extensions, it’s the least we can ask from them.

What are your thoughts on the challenge? It is fun, petty or some mixture of both?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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Tags: Dave Nonis Ice Bucket Challenge Mikhail Grabovski Nikolai Kulemin Randy Carlyle Toronto Maple Leafs

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