Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo shares with Sabres.com what it's like to play in Toronto and be a part of the Sabres/Maple Leafs rivalry.
TORONTO – For me, coming back to Toronto is just another game. I always look at it as a chance to come home and visit with family because during the year you don't get many times to do that. Toronto was a good place to play. I enjoyed my time when I was here, but I've moved on and I couldn’t be happier in Buffalo.
Everything about being in Buffalo has been outstanding this year. The bonus about being there is that you're so close to home and, with kids, it's easier to keep in touch with family. It's almost the next best thing when it comes to being close to home.
You're not in Toronto with all the limelight and "hockey hotbed" and stuff like that but, honestly, I've been overwhelmed by how well I've been treated this year in Buffalo and I'm really happy about where the team's going. It's an organization that's going to be a force to reckon with in years to come.
The only reason I still live in Toronto is because my family's here, let's put it that way. It's a very busy city, there's a lot going on. I'm more of a laid back kind of guy, and I think that's why Buffalo suits me so well.
We see the Maple Leafs twice more this month, and I've been on both sides of the rivalry. It's a fan rivalry and it's a team rival, but it's a division rival if anything. Right now, both teams are going through some changes and it's a matter of who wants it more.