This game was a fitting end to the Maple Leafs’ playoff chase,
and a fitting final home game in the Randy Carlyle era.
15 shots after 40 minutes in a do or die game. 41 shots against by the end. The team looking utterly clueless as to how to get out of its own end (one shift rivalled the 1:30 shift in their own end in Boston back in November, leading to the Jets powerplay and game winning goal). All sorts of inexplicable stuff going on in the ice time distribution (Also, the team was playing with 11 forwards despite having 3 – Bolland, Lupul and Clarkson – forwards playing through injury. How was the view from the press box, Jerry?).
There was a striking lack of urgency and desperation in the third period before Dave Bolland’s turnover led to the backbreaking goal.
We all wanted this team to keep it interesting and push for that wildcard spot, but the team is getting exactly what it deserves. Ball’s in your court, Nonis and Leiweke.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Winnipeg Jets Boxscore
|James Reimer (12-14-1)||L||41||37||0.902||57:15:00|
|James van Riemsdyk||0||1||22:21||0||1||0||0||0||3||1||0||0|
|Ondrej Pavelec (22-26-7)||W||25||23||0.92||60:00:00|
I've been reading this site for a long time, lol, pretty much everyday, and I post rarely. I really appreciate all your viewpoints, Cameron, wiski, phook etc, you guys are great, Bon Scott, vape on lol. I have been a die hard Leafs fan since the late 70's, born in '75, and it seems like all we know is suffering, except for those glorious runs in the '90s and early 00's. This year has been a big disappointment, there is no denying that. But fortunately, with some perspective, we can see that we are still rebuilding from nothing, and recovering from terrible management decisions that have plagued this franchise since 1967. ugh.
What will Nonis do? Fire Carlyle I think. I remember somebody saying he lost the room sometime early in the season, and I think it's very true. Also we are still a young team, Nonis brought in Bolland/Clarkson/Raymond/Bernier but it was all to little effect, except Bernier. The defensive system is a farce and it needs to change and we need a couple guys to come in and take some pressure off Phaneuf, Gardiner, Reilly. I don't like Phaneuf, I think he should go, but I think Nonis will stick with him for one more year at least. Franson is gone. Gleason has been good, Gunnarsson probably won''t improve much, but he's okay. We need to change the defensive system and have the forwards fully buy in. And I hate this 'collapsing' around the net we do, it needs to change, more aggression.
I don't think Nonis will do too much, other than altering our 3rd and 4th lines. Reimer, Kulemin, Raymond, and Bolland will probably go. I can see us getting our 2nd rd picks back for Reimer and Kulemin. Lupul maybe should be moved for youth, or a defenseman. Kadri is learning, I don't mind if he gets 50pts every year, but i think he will realize what a grind an 82 game schedule is, and re-dedicate himself to training. Bozak keeps getting better. Gardiner and Reilly really impressed this year and will continue to improve. Clarkson, I dunno, but he has to be better and he knows and hopefully he is way better next year. Bernier is awesome and I hope we protect him better than we did this year, 45 shots a game is totally insane.
Anyways, Nonis will be patient, and we will be in the hunt again next year, but hopefully the changes he makes in the off season will be right, although everything is a gamble. It torturous and totally frustrating. Now we have the Blue Jays and all their crap. lol. cheers.
Anyone think we could pull off a major trade with Edmonton? I'm talking like Phaneuf and Lupul for Nurse, Eberle and a high pick major?
So are we A. changing the coach before major player changes, B. changing the players before we change the coach C Changing both this summer
We need to add a veteran top six winger this offseason (p[erhsaps VIA a Reimer trade) and roll with something like this:
van Riemsdyk - Bozak - Kessel
Lupul - Kadri - ?????
Komarov - Bolland - Clarkson
D'Amigo - McClement - Bodie
(Ashton & Orr)
Rielly - Phaneuf
Gardiner - Franson
Gunnarsson - Granberg
@alex callis nice post only things I think is that Ranger has been significantly better than gleason. I would like to ditch Gleason and keep Ranger. I susre do wanna know what is wrong with Dion cause sincethat Florida game he has been a different player.
@Belfour20/JB-45 They didnt hockey properly since game 1.
@Cloud09 I think this is less of an issue if our bottom 6 had Ashton and D'Amigo, didn't have Orr for most of the season, and could actually play some safe minutes on the forecheck.
Our top 6 (espcially the top line) are GASSED Randy. Overplayed because of poor roster decisions.
@Cloud09 No shit Randy
@Belfour20/JB-45 "hope" is a four letter word.
@wiski Great read
@Belfour20/JB-45 he shouldn't be playing if he's injured cause he's getting burnt everynight. I don't respect that. If you're too injured to play, please sack up and admit it
@TheCanucksnaphook That was awesome.
What about Kadri, Lupul and Reimer for Kane, Trouba and Montoya
JVR - Bozak - Kessel
Kane - Holland - Clarkson
Komarov - Bolland - Kulemin
D'Amigo - McClement - Bodie
Rielly - Phaneuf
Gunnarsson - Trouba
Gardiner - Franson
@BBirde I like Devane in there.
@Yan28 Let the kids fight it out for the bottom six. Leafs aren't going for the cup anytime soon and Bolland isn't the guy taking us there.
@PEIleafnation I'd love Spezza on the Leafs.
@Belfour20/JB-45 as time really ,really drags I just realized its still Sunday pffft the day after the ......
@TheCanucksnaphook Fine...I like Kane the player, but his attitude concerns me...however, I will agree to give him a chance...potential and all that....now that Franson is going the other way. :)
@TheCanucksnaphook I like that, we're on the same page here man.
@TheCanucksnaphook Would be nice, but no way Lupul has the Jets on his trade list.
@TheCanucksnaphook Overpayment imo
@.JVR.Lupul - Kadri - ????? a good line to try holland on the wing ,nothing like having two young centers on that line , still dont like franson on this team
@.JVR. I don't know if I resign Franson at this point (unless his demands are very reasonable). And Orr shouldn't be anywhere near the ACC. Rather see another kid or two come up.
@TheCanucksnaphook For me, it all depends on what he'd cost us.
@TheCanucksnaphook Depends on the cost. High risk/high reward.
@TheCanucksnaphook I'm all for it Phook. Kid is gonna be good, just hates being in the Peg.
They don't allow that goal and they probably win the game!!
A top six winger to play with Kadri and Lupul, the return of Komarov and a third line that can actually play.
So, maybe let him walk and keep Gleason around?
If a top six forward isn't available VIA trade, perhaps Nonis could get a good right-handed defenceman.
He's asking for $5 million, but I'm sure he'd probably settle for about $4 million