TOR GM Dave Nonis expected to make official announcement on Carlyle staying/assistant(s) going. New assistants have not yet been hired.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 8, 2014
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.