Notes: Carlyle showing patience, Rielly’s status

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It’s not that we should be identifying a group of players or a particular line or a defence pair that needs to be changed in order for the Leafs to get back on track after what, in fairness, has been three really poor games in a row despite the win over Minnesota. It’s better team play overall that is required.

The Leafs forwards need to commit to getting back, supporting the defence, and transitioning up the ice as a unit by breaking out with good puck support. What I thought Carlyle’s team did better, in the very general sense last season, was pressure the puck when they didn’t have it (the team used its speed to get in the face of the opposition, finish a check, and slow them down), and support the puck better when in possession on the breakout (while this wavered throughout the season, sometimes being really poor, we saw progress in this area particularly as the playoff series wore on against Boston). We’ve seen some bad habits developing on the breakout and a lack of forechecking pressure which allowed the Hawks to dominate the Leafs for huge spells unabated on Saturday night.

Carlyle was preaching patience, trying to stay positive, and taking it light and easy with some wrong-handed ball hockey to start today’s practice in place of a bag skate. Carlyle mentioned himself that “everyone” was expecting a grueling skate today, but he seems confident he can get through to the players without lashing them so early on in the process. “New Carlyle,” and all that. I’m sure the injuries (and suspension) factors into Carlyle’s patience here as well.

After the ball hockey, Carlyle had the team work on some neutral zone stuff in practice today, stressing a need for the Leafs to ratchet up their pace between the bluelines.

Carlyle will coach against the Anaheim Ducks for the first time as bench boss of the Leafs 24 hours from now. Let’s hope the players take stock of RC’s patient approach and really put it on the line for him tomorrow night. You know Carlyle wants this win and hopefully the players deliver him a better effort.

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Is 40 games the new 9 games for Rielly?

There was a point worth noting from Elliott Friedman’s 30 Thoughts, in case you missed this discussion on an earlier thread today, as it pertains to Morgan Rielly’s status. Apparently, while the Leafs would burn the first year of Rielly’s ELC by playing him in his 10th game, he has to be on the active roster for 40 games before the credit goes to his arbitration and free agency determinants. The 40th game of the season is also right around Christmas time, so the World Junior consideration could also play into it.

Rielly has done enough to prove that both him and the team would benefit from Rielly staying beyond 9 games. By the 40-game mark, the new car smell will have worn off and we should have a pretty good idea of where he stands.

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  • Burtonboy

    Lot of leg showing over on the right hand side lol

  • rustynail

    Burtonboy Male gamers only?

  • Dan39

    rustynail Burtonboy Good – was worried it might be Sean Lamb. Can’t see myself.

  • Burtonboy

    rustynail Burtonboy Showing a mature dating site here lol

  • Zep2

    It will be great to get Clarkson and the Frasers back, but Kulie is sorely missed. He is force in 3 zones and is a quiet leader.
    At the 40 game mark Rielly will be in Calder conversation, hes going nowhere

  • 4evrblue

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  • Burtonboy

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  • rustynail

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  • rustynail

    Zep2 I knew we would miss Kulie big time. Wish I was wrong this time.

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  • lieffan

    “Rielly has done enough to prove that both him and the team would
    benefit from Rielly staying beyond 9 games. By the 40-game mark, the new
    car smell will have worn off and we should have a pretty good idea of
    where he stands.”
    That’s exactly it. This seems like a good way to get over that hump where a young player could impress in the early going and then fall off as the grind of the nhl season gets to him
    Thanks for the post

  • Dan39

    CanuckUKinToronto rustynail Zep2 I agree – team toughness has been notably absent. We need that back desperately and that comes from Clarkson, Fraser, McLaren as much as Kulie.

  • Zep2

    CanuckUKinToronto rustynail Zep2  Kulie wont single handedly change the team ,but hell win more puck battles in one period than all the forwards did in the game against Chicago. Hopefully Clarkson brings a similar work ethic.

  • rustynail

    Dan39 CanuckUKinToronto rustynail Zep2 missing our best defensive forward has hurt a ton

  • Dan39

    rustynail Dan39 CanuckUKinToronto Zep2 Oh yeah, all I’m saying is we need that compete and intensity and toughness as much. Kulie is part of that too, though.

  • Burtonboy

    rustynail You got that right. You never realize how valuable he is till he out like this

  • Alec Brownscombe

    @lieffan No problem.
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  • dlb eh

    before 40 games, Rielly would be on the Leafs or playing junior.  still no AHL this season.
    bullshit?  or not?

  • rustynail

    dlb eh no AHL until his junior team is eliminated from playoffs IF he gets sent back

  • dlb eh

    Alec Brownscombe 
    or make the girls hot all the time, no offense Sean Lamb

  • Burtonboy

    Alec Brownscombe I don’t even see it ….untill some gal flashes a lot of leg lol

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Burtonboy Alec Brownscombe It’s a boring Monday. Gotta keep the guys’ eyes on the MLHS screen. lol

  • Burtonboy

    rustynail dlb eh Just to be sure I understand and not missing something . Once he goes past the 9 games can he still be sent back to Jr. right ? We just burn a yr of his ELC

  • Dan39

    Burtonboy rustynail dlb eh Yep, although if we did that the controversy would be huge. Some other team did that last year, Buffalo I think with Grigorenko. It wasn’t received well by the press.

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    Alec Brownscombe getting use to the new look but was wondering why you chose to put the author’s name at the end of the blog. I like to know who wrote the blog before I read because there are guys I prefer to skip.

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  • Alec Brownscombe

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    This way you’ll read the offal I produce on a daily basis

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  • Alec Brownscombe

    Burtonboy Here’s a good costume: dress for a game

  • Burtonboy

    Alec Brownscombe Burtonboy I found it interesting that Fraser said a goat lol.

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    Just three of 32 NHL teams who were at least four points out of a playoff spot on Nov. 1 recovered to make the playoffs from 2005-06 to 2011-12

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  • jcg_4

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  • rustynail

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  • mORRganRielly

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  • rustynail

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  • Burtonboy

    DREGER REPORT: TRADE TALKS HEATING UP AND PENNER UPDATE
    Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs are willing to sweeten the pot to gethttp://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/?name=john-michael+liles back in the National Hockey League and off of the Leafs’ books.
    http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/darren_dreger/?id=434695

  • Airfreshener

    Burtonboy Whats all this then!?!

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Burtonboy Maybe Blacker’s costume for Halloween will be an OKC Barons jersey. lol.
    Liles + a prospect + retained salary to ship him out? Pick coming back?

  • Airfreshener

    Alec Brownscombe Burtonboy That would make the most sense. Too bad they have to retain salary…