Randy Carlyle staying on as Maple Leafs Head Coach

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Maple Leaf fans at Maple Leaf Square
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Well, this makes no sense on any level. The Toronto Maple Leafs‘ systems under Randy Carlyle have allowed more shots against than any other team over the course of a season.  Think about the worst NHL teams, and then place the Leafs with the likes of: Kessel, JVR, Lupul, Kadri, Phaneuf, Gardiner, Rielly along with some nice complementary pieces and one of the best goaltending tandems in the league. This is a head scratcher for the ages. The Coach and his systems had befallen the talent on the team and allowed the Maple Leafs to play without the puck more than any other team in the history of the game.

The Coach who admitted to the world he had no answers for what was going on this past season, while presiding over a collapse that saw the team go from 9th in the League to the 8th overall draft pick in the span of the month, should not return for the next. The Coach who was completely exasperated, clearly tuned out by the team, while pleading with his group to put in an effort so that debuting starter Drew MacIntyre didn’t get shelled and literally run over by the Florida Panthers, should not return for the next season.

It’s an ominous beginning to the not-so-new era under Brendan Shanahan.

 

  • GiuseppeM

    Honestly, this could do it. I have never been as close to saying F’ it ………….I’m out.

  • DJ_Llewellyn

    leafsbuzztap that is the worst news possible.

  • Mcost61

    That look says “bread in, lever down, wait…bread in ,lever down, wait……

  • Mcost61

    Jon5200 Can’t fire all the players.

  • Jon5200

    Mcost61 Jon5200 dont need to………….

  • GiuseppeM

    Jon5200 Mcost61  This has been explained ad nauseum (sp?) 

    Cut n pasted from another post:

    1) Worst defensive Team – Close 3000 shots against
    2) Horrible possession team
    3) Collapse yet no change to lineups/ice time, lines
    4) Roster Selection
    5) Not playing 4th line (tired out top players)
    6) Possibly playing injured players
    7) Not playing kids who are not only more than capable
    but better than some of the vets he stuck with.. already showed Leafs only had
    2 rookies who averaged more than 10 min ice time per game (Granberg one game
    only).  vs winning teams like Bruins,
    Chicago etc play like 8.. ie. does not develop
    8) Playing/keeping Orr and FML and Fraser-  over other assets- lost such as Colborne-
    forced lower return
    9) Selectively calls out young players and not vets
    10) wont bench vets who make similar screw ups
    11) Sticks with same PP unit- Franson and Dion
    12) Overplayed players in wrong scenarios-  down a goal with 1 min to go and play McC
    ????
    13) Lack of professionalism-  ie. Post season presser- Gardiner
    14) Always riding Kadri/Gardiner- never Franson/Clarkson etc..
    15) NO ANSWERS AND ADMITTED THAT

  • T_Ry

    He’s not the whole problem…but he’s a part of it nonetheless.
    Hopefully he’s on a very short leash and knows it.  Keep in mind that a mid-season coaching change could have a significant impact as well.

  • rustynail

    T_Ry  its WAY too early to assume he is coming back

  • T_Ry

    Jon5200 This might serve as notice to the players that they’re being held accountable as well, whereas firing Carlyle might have let some of them think that it wasn’t their fault whatsoever.

  • T_Ry

    rustynail T_RyOh, Dreger is certainly jumping to a conclusion; I’m just saying that if he is brought back, I would hope it’s on a very short leash.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    I still think he gets fired.

  • MaxwellHowe

    If they keep him – fine.  He’ll be gone at the 10 game mark in October.  Because the Leafs.

  • rustynail

    Alec Brownscombe  Nonis get out f jail free card perhaps

  • GiuseppeM

    Jon5200 GiuseppeM Mcost61  Then using this logic, no coach should ever be replaced or fired. In fact, if my sales suck all year long I can tell my manager, yes they suck, but what about last year am I right?

  • MaxwellHowe

    yeah, maybe its about creating a buffer zone for the execs.

  • rustynail

    GiuseppeM  Kadri is one of his boys

  • jcg_4

    rustynail T_RyAlthough I would like him back; I agree that Dreger is just throwing shit at the wall to stir the pot

  • mcloki

    Shouldn’t the photo accompanying this post look more like this.

  • MaxwellHowe

    I know.  welp

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    Haha.  Oh Rannnndy.

  • rustynail

    FrycersGhost Alec Brownscombe  last article was full and we need to debate fresh

  • Alec Brownscombe

    FrycersGhost Alec Brownscombe  It’s a legitimate report worth talking about. My opinion isn’t God’s.

  • MaxwellHowe

    EOTH for you?

  • mcloki

    Then again this is Dreger, The Hockey Outsider. He needs hits so why not tweet and stir up shit.

  • T_Ry

    Alec Brownscombe FrycersGhost You underestimate your power around here.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/YakovMironov https://twitter.com/YakovMironov/status/464464510246731776
    It’s not over until Florida hires a coach

  • Greg Fenton

    Why is everyone in a panic about Carlyle?

    The playoffs won’t be finished for another month. The draft is almost 2 months away. Free agency doesn’t start for 8 weeks. 2014-15 season starts in something like 20 weeks. 

    They have LOTS of time to make a decision on the coach.

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    CanuckUKinToronto  I think Carlyle will get new assistants.  New systems FORCED upon him.  ANd a very fuckin short leash.

  • T_Ry

    Greg Fenton They have lots of time to make a decision on the coach, giving us lots of time to freak out prematurely about their decision on the coach.

  • rustynail

    NotTheCanucksnaphook CanuckUKinToronto  cool I like Randy, I am blaming the hold over coaches,

  • mcloki

    Greg Fenton  I think the Leafs are waiting till ROFO comes back from rehab to announce he’s the new coach.

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    rustynail NotTheCanucksnaphook CanuckUKinToronto  I have NEVER liked our assistant coaches.  Fuckin duds.

  • Mcost61

    Maybe with this news the layers will revolt and refuse to backcheck

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    CanuckUKinToronto NotTheCanucksnaphook  The assistants came up with PK, defensive zone work.  He KNOWS the system used last year was fuckin atrocious.  BUt the staff also knows the players are junk too.

  • rustynail

    CanuckUKinToronto NotTheCanucksnaphook  he inherited two of those coaches though

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    Mcost61  wait a second….

  • Zep2

    Why keep him them

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    We have sooo much time left before the season.  Just take a deep breath boys.

  • rustynail

    NotTheCanucksnaphook  that you Randy?

  • mcloki

    NotTheCanucksnaphook  And hockey starts again tomorrow.

  • T_Ry

    Maybe we owe Dreger a “thank you,” since things were getting so slow around here.  This is even more effective than tweeting “EVERYBODY PANIC!”

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    mcloki NotTheCanucksnaphook  My Marlies?

  • LeafFan15

    Maybe when the meetings are done, he’ll be fired. Can’t fire him halfway through?

  • mcloki

    NotTheCanucksnaphook mcloki  KAdri and Reilly against France.

  • rustynail

    LeafFan15  maybe Nons doesn’t come back from the meetings

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Jon5200 GiuseppeM Mcost61  Most of those are facts though. I mean you can disagree, but those aren’t opinions so what are you disagreeing with?

  • Mind Bomb

    T_Ry   Acutally no one listens then, You have to say 

    Everyone stalm Calm. Then the panic ensues

  • lukethenuke

    Guys this is good.  Clear indication were gunning fir Mcdavid, and Babcock next year!
    Trading away our vets (lupul, Kessel, Phaneuf, Bozak) for picks and young guys and doing it right!
    *Only thing i can come up with besides this being BULLSHIT*

  • mcloki

    CanuckUKinToronto LeafFan15  and weather to double down on a pair of 8’s

  • Walter_White

    There was no “report”. It was just a speculative tweet by someone who himself admitted yesterday he is out of the loop as it relates to Leafs news. The article title above made it sound like an announcement had been made. Not cool!