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@Murph2417 @ShiftyD @Jordan29 I'll boycott, as I did in the late 80s, if Carlyle is back. No way I'm wasting my evenings watching that dinosaur run the team into the ice again.
4 days, 1 hour ago on 2014 NHL Draft Lottery – Harnessing the Power of 3.6%
@peterbleafs It's already up.
6 days, 23 hours ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #82, Maple Leafs at Senators
@dlb meh @jimmyg65 Okay, so Babcock, whose made the playoffs with a roster stocked with AHL players and has never missed the playoffs, is not as good a coach as Carlyle. And you don't need to dress a fourth line in today's NHL. Just because 29 other teams do it, doesn't mean the Great Carlyle should. And yes, give ice time every night to a player who has ZERO points while keeping guys like Ashton and D'Amigo in the press box or on the Marlies. Those are bad coaching decisions and that's why he should have been fired over a year ago. But hey, he's "one of our own," so let's defend him. There's a profound argument....
1 week, 1 day ago on Game Review: Game #81, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 2
@Belfour20/JB-45 I can't stand Carlyle as a coach, but the problem is obviously deeper than him. I think we have the wrong captain, for a start. I like Phaneuf, but he shouldn't be the captain. I don't know who should, which says something about the team, but not Dion. At this point the only guys who seem to give a shit are Kessel, Bernier, Reimer (who'll be gone), and a few of the young guys.
@rustynail @jimmyg65 I hope you're wrong (about the Carlyle part). I'm sitting on the fence where Nonis is concerned, but if Carlyle's still the coach next year I'll boycott 'til he's gone. I did it in the late 80s, I can do it again. There's only so much pain that even a lifelong Leafs fan can take...
If Shanahan's first act as President is NOT to fire Carlyle then I'll start doubting him.
@dlb meh @Burtonboy I never liked him as a coach, I don't care if he won a Cup. He had Pronger and Niedermayer, two generational players, playing 30 minutes a night. He was the wrong coach for this team and the game has clearly passed him by.
Carlyle's failures as a coach begin with: no fourth line, dressing two goons, refusing to change his 1st PP unit when it was clearly flailing, throwing young players under the bus, relying on two lines for all scoring, overplaying a goalie who'd never played more than 20 games in a season, using a D zone system that allowed too many shots and did not play to the team's strengths. Watching his team speeches in 24/7 compared to Babcock's was actually sad. Babcock broke down the play at the end of every period and gave his players valuable tips to bring back into the game. Carlyle talked a lot of Pewee bullshit about keeping your feet moving. I wanted him fire BEFORE last year's playoffs. If we had, the Leafs probably would have gone deep in the East. He's a friggin' disaster.
Blow Leafs blow! Blow Leafs blow!
1 week, 1 day ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #81, Maple Leafs at Panthers
@Omac13 I think people are underestimating what we can get for Franson (remember when all the "experts" said we'd be lucky to get a 2nd round pick for Kaberle?). I think our 1st + Franson could move us up four or five spots. Franson is an RFA, still young, and is good on the PP. He's valuable to some teams, especially a team like Edmonton.
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@Belfour20/JB-45 The day I trust anything MacLean says is the day I stop watching hockey. Every word that comes out of that clown's mouth serves two purposes: to suck up to NHL management in the hopes of landing a job one day, and to try to rewrite his own history as one of the worst GMs in the last twenty years. Did you hear him stick up for Nash after that comment? Of course he sticks up for Nash, who's done nothing in the NHL, because he drafted him.
To argue, as he did, that the Leafs collapse had nothing to do with Carlyle, is so dumb it makes my head spin. MacLean shows why he'll never work in the NHL again every time he opens his mouth.
1 week, 3 days ago on Game Review: Game #80, Lightning 3 vs. Maple Leafs 0
@ingy56 @jimmyg65 @Caperfan I completely agree. A great goalie helps a ton, as we've learned having Bernier. Shame that Carlyle played him into the ground and let him dress while he was clearly still injured. That's the move a man trying to hold onto his job.
1 week, 6 days ago on Game Review: Game #79, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 vs Winnipeg Jets 4
@Caperfan Where's all the character and heart on Montreal, who are in second in our division? Not that I want us to be like the Habs, but what they have that we DON'T have is a coach who plays a system that works for that team. Same with Detroit, who have a ton of non-tough European players on their roster every year. Carlyle is the worst coach I have seen on this team since the 1980s. He overplayed Bernier, who'd never played 20 games in a season, alienated Reimer, overplayed the 1st line, kept goons on the team over future roster players like Ashton, D'Amigo, etc., preached a system that allows 40 shots a game, scapegoated young players like Kadri and Gardiner while giving a free pass to vets. HE IS A TERRIBLE COACH. That doesn't mean this team is a Cup contender and doesn't have weaknesses, but with a coach like Ruff or Trotz we would be ahead of the Habs right now.
Reimer stops that rebound, no goal.
2 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #79, Jets at Maple Leafs
Reimer kissing the ice again
Reimer too deep in the net.
Reimer has looked terrible all night. No excusing the bad D-zone coverage....
@Uncle Otis @jimmyg65 I don't really disagree with you, but I think the problem is that we have too many less-skilled versions of Kessel on the team. He needs the right supporting cast so that we don't rely on him to do EVERYTHING well. I feel the same way about Phaneuf--if we could get a guy like Biekse or Hamnuis to play with him I think we'd stop complaining about his game.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Poll: Now What?
@Yaknowwhat @Uncle Otis @jimmyg65 So by that same logic, every player on the US Olympic team sucks. NO ONE scored against Canada when it mattered. So Kessel sucks and Parise sucks and Oshie (captain of the 1st place Blues) sucks. Okay, gotcha.
@Uncle Otis @jimmyg65 Kessel's a point-per-game player in the playoffs, when games matter most. To say that he's apathetic is just making shit up.
@Great Dane @jimmyg65 I agree. I would trade any forward on the team not named Kessel and any D not named Reilly to try to get Weber or Tavares on the team.
The only thing more depressing than the Leafs collapse is the return of armchair GMs wanting to trade Kessel. Only in Toronto would fans bitch about finally having one of the 10 most skilled forwards in the league on the team because he supposedly doesn't back-check. Takes me back to the days of fans moaning about Sundin, our only first-ballot Hall of Famer in decades. We need a new coach who will exploit the Leafs primary assets (speed and scoring), a legit #2 D man, and someone, maybe Bolland, to anchor the bottom 6, and maybe a top six forward with some grit—that and time for our young guys to grow their games. Franson, Reimer and possibly one of the D men from the Marlies can be traded to help make that happen. We'll also be getting a top 10 draft pick this year. The sky is not falling. This team is better than the Habs--the difference is coaching. Therien coaches the Habs, Carlyle is trying to coach the 2007 Ducks and it obviously ain't working.
@Jmessih If this is really a personnel issue, then why are the Habs so far ahead of us? They have less scoring power (only two players with 20+ goals, one of which, Vanek, is a rental) and less team toughness, and our goaltending is on par with theirs when Bernier isn't hurt. What's the difference? They have a coaching philosophy based on the players on the ice, not in the head of a coach who clearly refuses to change his ways. We need to get rid of Franson and bring in a solid, stay-at-home #3 D man, start bringing up some Marlies for the fourth line, and maybe make a trade for another centre (if we don't re-sign Bolland).
Kadri's on pace for over 50 points in his second year in the NHL, Lupul is a perennial 20+ goal scorer and Gardiner is on pace for 30+ points while getting limited PP action. If these guys played for the Habs we'd all be dreaming up trade scenarios to bring them here.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Joffrey Lupul: Also confounded by Leafs’ defensive system
@darthNihilus He should have fired Carlyle after the Game 7 collapse last year. We could have had Lindy Ruff as our coach. If Nonis doesn't fire him, I'm tuning out next season. I've done it before. I can't watch this team play Carlyle's idiotic out-dated system anymore. We have a better line-up than Montreal now that we have a real Number One goalie--there is no way we should be behind them in the standings, we should be second in our division behind Boston. The talent is there.
@CanuckUKinToronto He basically benched Kadri and Lupul for most of the second when we were down 3-1 and played Bodie, Orr, Clarkson, McC and Bodie instead. That's not how you get back in the game.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #74, Blues at Maple Leafs
Carlyle put on another clinic of wrong-headed, just plain stupid coaching again tonight. I honestly don't know what he's thinking most nights. I wanted him fired before the playoffs last year. It's no fun being right.
@loomx We all head down to Maple Leafs Square and drink cyanide-laced Kool Aid while the big screen replays the 1967 playoffs....
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Leafs Notebook – March 24
@CanuckUKinToronto @Gozo The goalie who doesn't let in two easy goals a game.
WHY IS ORR PLAYING????????????
3 weeks, 6 days ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #73, Maple Leafs at Devils
@Loric76 "Who wants an orange whip? Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips!"
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Dave Bolland finally nearing return, could play versus Montreal
@Murph2417 @ConnorCrisp @jimmyg65 Hopefully I'll remember the game next day. If not I'll come here to read the comments to see what i missed...
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Poll: How are you feeling about the Leafs’ playoff chances?
@ConnorCrisp @jimmyg65 I'm heading to Guelph to watch the game on my brother's new 56-inch high-def TV. Alexander Keith's and Crown Royal on tap...
If Bernier and Bolland play tomorrow, it will be the first time this season we see the full Leafs line-up in a game.
@Bernier_The_Boats @Cameron19 Not that you seem particularly interested in facts, but biologically, women are far better able to endure pain than men. It's why they generally last longer under torture, and why they can have babies. So not only is your comment sexist, it's dumb. Maybe Bolland should be compared to a homosexual or an ethnic group....
Clarkson: the gift that keeps giving....
1 month ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #71, Lightning at Maple Leafs
@Greg Fenton @Dangle_My_Berries @loomx @LeafsGuru I have never read a single post on this site saying that the Leafs are on par with the Penguins or Bruins or Blackhawks. Some people have pointed out that the Leafs can beat those teams on any given night, but no one here believes we're as good as the Blackhawks especially.
1 month ago on Game Review: Game #70, Red Wings 3 vs. Leafs 2
@loomx @LeafsGuru Fans supporting or not supporting a team does not explain any drought. Montreal is going on 21 years without even a Cup appearance and they sell out every game. Vancouver's never won a Cup and fans support them. The Cubs have gone over 100 years without a championship.
There is this myth that the Leafs have sucked since 1967 and their fans have stuck blindly by them, causing the Leafs management to never try to win. I don't believe that. The Leafs have had one truly awful decade--the 80s--and although the media would have us believe differently, lots of people tuned out and stopped going to games and buying jerseys. Lots of fans switched their allegiance to other teams and have never come back. It didn't impact the owner because the owner didn't give a shit about the team. That all changed when Ballard died. Since then, the Leafs have iced a lot of competitive teams that went deep into the playoffs--they just haven't gotten over the hump. Lots of teams don't. I think the current management group, starting with Burke, is on the right track, by not trading our first round picks and young players for veterans and rentals and by building a strong development system.
@BBirde @Snots I've wanted Carlyle fired since before last year's playoffs. Everything he's done since confirms that view
@deedrag Cap's coming down because so many of the league's revenues are in Canadian dollars. Nothing the NHL can do about that.
1 month ago on The Maple Leafs could sign Leo Komarov, but he can’t play this season
@MaxwellHowe @CanuckUKinToronto I can't believe people are still sticking up for Orr and McClaren, and would prefer them over an actual hockey player like Komarov. We have guys on the team who can play hockey AND drop the gloves occasionally--Gleason, Clarkson, Phaneuf, Ashton, etc.--plus we've got young tough guys trying for a spot on the team. The Leafs are going nowhere in an extended playoff run icing three lines as Carlyle is doing now. Guys will get exhausted and they will get hurt playing every two nights. i would argue that icing three lines is losing us games now. If a player can't put in 7-10 minutes on a winning team he has no place on that team. None of the elite teams dress pure goons, and after a lifetime of not winning the cup, the only thing I'm interested in is seeing the Leafs become an elite team who can contend for the Cup.
@CanuckUKinToronto Now if only we had a fourth line, he might have a place on the team!
1 month ago on Game Review: Game #69, Capitals 4 vs. Leafs 2
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan We also need a coach who plays a fourth line...
@Radar O'Rielly @4evrblue @Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe NO WAY do I want instant replay on penalties. Just a little more "transparency" or even consistency would be nice.
1 month ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep. #24: Leafs vs. Capitals
@Cameron19 @4evrblue @MaxwellHowe I almost feel sorry for Sens fans for the poor officiating they get. They have it worse than us. I watched the opening period of a Wings-Jets game a couple of months ago and was shocked at the calls that went Detroit's way. There are some refs that seem to officiate based more on perception than what's going on in front of their eyes.
I also think that the two-ref system makes it harder for refs to make the necessary "make up" calls when they screw up a call to one team. If you call a make up penalty after your partner screws up a call, you're basically calling your partner out in front of the league and the fans. When there was one ref, he could control a game with make up calls while deciding when to "put the whistle away." It also doesn't help that the NHL brass is constantly changing its collective mind about what is admissable re: goaltender interference, hits from behind, clutching and grabbing, etc. No other league seems so unsure about WHAT THE ACTUAL RULES ARE, so I don't put all of this down to the refs or some hidden conspiracy.
@peterbleafs @Jon5200 I've watched just about every Leafs game this year--I can't recall one where the calls went our way. I've seen Leafs games where the calls were fair, but never in our favour. I've watched three Habs games this year--in two of them, the calls were blatantly in the Habs favour. The same is true of the two Detroit and Pittsburgh games I've seen--totally biased reffing. The NHL is going the way of the NBA, just as ex-assistant-NBA-commissioner Bettman wants it to.
@TheCanucksnaphook @Gilbey93 @Cameron19 @Zep2 Exactly. Maybe there should be two trophies given out to D-men: one for "most valuable" or "best all round" D-man, another for "best offensive" D-man (like a reverse Selkie Trophy). No GM in the NHL with any brains would choose to have Subban or Karlson on their team over Doughty, Weber or even an aging Chara.
@mlclearwater @Jon5200 I read (skimmed) that article. It was ridiculous, maybe the worst article I've seen in the MSM this year. It was like the writer had never watched a hockey game. The fact is that the higher-ups in this media market believe, rightly or wrongly, that negativity sells, especially online, where articles like the one you mention act as click bait for haters and fans alike. The TSN and Sportsnet guys embarrass themselves on the air and online. Look at the TSN Power Ratings: they've still got the Habs and Devils ahead of the Leafs, who've got one of the best records from January onwards. That's why I do most of my reading here at MLHS and cherry pick a few articles from the MSM (like Elliote's 30 Thoughts, which I enjoy).
1 month ago on Game Review: Game #68, Maple Leafs 3 vs. LA Kings 2
I'm thinking of all those asshats on TSN and the FAN saying the Leafs would be happy to get two points in California, "ecstatic" if they got three. Tomorrow they'll all be complaining again that the Leafs didn't win the RIGHT way...
1 month ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #68, Maple Leafs at LA Kings