Game Recap: Game #45, Canes – Many vs. Leafs – Very Few


I gave up after the 1st, which featured some of the softest defensive play and fundamentally poor defensive coverage we’ve seen from the Leafs since Ron Wilson got fired.

Apparently it didn’t get much better in the 2nd:


The Carlyle checklist of nonsense tonight:

Playing Fraser over Gardiner, or at all. Nonsense.
Playing Franson over Gardiner. Nonsense.
Leaving Gleason on the top pair instead of reinserting Gunnarsson. Nonsense.
Playing Ashton 40 seconds in the first period after the call up. Nonsense.

As for the rest of the team, there wasn’t a whole lot to like. Kadri and Lupul did show some jump. This team is showing the telltale sign of an irreversible tailspin – abandoning basic execution and entering full-blown panic-hockey mode. Doubling down on stupid with the roster decisions is just throwing gasoline on an open flame.


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  • mcloki

    Randy has lost the room. Quinn coming back for the rest of the season.

  • ingy56 are 1-6-2 in their last 9 games against perceived weak Metro division. outscored 40-18 total. These are the ones they should be up 4.

  • Cloud09

    The Leafs, we can’t stop!

  • Airfreshener

    mcloki he’d probably kill them.

  • RememberSalming

    Pretty much summed it up Alec.  Just idiotic.  What are your thoughts about coaching alternatives out there?

  • GeorgeCastanza
  • DeclanK

    I’d be content to have Cronin coach on an interim basis until a suitable replacement could be found.

  • Wilbur

    Bad news/Good news

    Bad news: Leafs lost
    Good news: My PVR fucked up and jumped the game from the last 3 minutes of the 1st to the last 3 minutes of the 3rd which meant I was forced not to watch this crap :)

  • RememberSalming

    DeclanK I guess the idea would be holding operation til the offseason.

  • OTL

    DeclanKThe question is though: would the players concur as well?