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Bozak responds to Twitter criticism

Tyler Bozak

Tyler Bozak #42 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 28, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. The Maple Leafs defeated the Islanders 5-4 in overtime. (February 27, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

It’s not hard to find criticism of Tyler Bozak and the Maple Leafs’ decision to sign the 27-year-old center to a five-year, $21 million contract extension. Forget Don Cherry; all you need is a Twitter account to get your fill.

Today on TSN 1050 radio in Toronto, Bozak was asked about the negative things that have been said and written in the wake of his new deal -- specifically, the argument that he’s been riding the coattails of Phil Kessel and isn’t good enough to play first-line center.

His response?

“I’ve had two coaches (Ron Wilson and Randy Carlyle) that had the opportunity to not play me in that role and have, so if there’s a few fans on Twitter that still think I’m not able to play, I’ll take the coaches’ opinion over theirs every time.”

So there.

Bozak, by the way, is an active tweeter himself...

Of course, he gets criticized for that, too...