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Phil Kessel believes Leafs are still trying hard

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel and interim coach Peter Horachek disagreed over the team's effort when each of them spoke to the media on Friday.

Coach Peter Horachek calls team out for lack of effort

Toronto Maple Leafs interim head coach Peter Horachek and forward Phil Kessel are in disagreement about the way the team has been performing during a difficult season. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Yet another chapter was added to the Toronto Maple Leafs already tumultuous season during post-practice interviews on Friday. 

Interim coach Peter Horachek called out the 27th-place team about their effort during the closing weeks of an abysmal season.

"They know we're disappointed. They should be disappointed. They should feel unhappy with themselves as a group," Horachek said to the media.

"If we're going to have any kind of resemblance of what we think we are, then we're going to have to work harder."

The Leafs' top scorer, Phil Kessel, had a very different picture of the team. The 27-year-old made his thoughts about the comments very clear when he had his chance to speak to reporters. 

"We're professionals. It's our job. We're paid to go out there and work hard," Kessel said. 

"I think guys do that. I don't know what to else to say about that."

The right-winger has been vocal all season about Toronto's struggles, but with only 10 games remaining in their season, things seem to be reaching a boiling point. 

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