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another glaringly simple thing about randy's D system last year is that it wasn't working. Whether it was the makeup of the players or their lack of effort, who cares. a good coach recognizes when something isn't working and he adapts. randy didn't. not for one second.

1 day, 14 hours ago on 10 Questions: Part 1 — Will Randy Carlyle Change?

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@Luke_R @Cameron19 @Mitch92 forechecking isn't nearly as positional. first man in like a torpedo, second and third anticipate. not much beyond that.

1 day, 15 hours ago on 10 Questions: Part 1 — Will Randy Carlyle Change?

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@Cameron19 @sharkbabysitter give him that if he wants it. later, noni.

1 day, 17 hours ago on 10 Questions: Part 1 — Will Randy Carlyle Change?

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i have no hope that carlyle will change. his defensive system was the biggest problem last year. when your wingers are always collapsed in front of the net, they're aren't in position to cover their D or break the puck out at the hashmarks. thus, we looked like we were short-handed in our zone the whole season. Record-setting shots against. it wasn't solely the lack of effort, Randy. No one buys that shit.


i think Shanahan knows who the next coach of the Leafs is going to be, and he's known it for months. Maybe since before he arrived. Mike Babcock. Starting next season. He didn't want to hire another coach for a year, only to let him go. he had to show loyalty, but he quickly put Spotter in place to defuse some of Randy's ridiculous notions (lineup, usage, systems) and very likely to take over as interim coach when Randy hangs himself. Which i suspect will be before Christmas. Babcock will get the biggest contract in the history of the NHL, and he will earn every penny of it. bright times ahead, i say.

1 day, 17 hours ago on 10 Questions: Part 1 — Will Randy Carlyle Change?

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@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan I play hockey against him in the GTHLA. He can't skate for shit and his huge helmet makes him look like Charlie Brown. But he's the nicest guy on the ice.

3 days, 22 hours ago on Maple Leafs invite Henrik Tallinder and Brendan Mikkelson to training camp

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@Cameron19 don't like kontiola on line two. the third guy needs grit and skill, otherwise its a vancouver canuck line. i see it being either clarkson, komarov, or santorelli. be awesome if it was komarov.

1 month ago on Friday Mashup: Second Assistant GM Hire to Come Next Week

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@Greg Fenton coach has a lot to do with it. systems, who plays together, how much ice time and when. carlyle had the worst defensive system in the league last year, and blamed it on compete. also ran the top six into the ground. i can't see how he's not hated by a lot of people in that dressing room.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Cody Franson Signs with Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year, $3.3m

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@Jmessih @Cameron19


i'd like to see franson, reimer, lupul for o'reilly.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Weekend Mashup: $2.2 million apart

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@FrankFerrant  but his fucked-up d system has been just as costly. most shots against ever, enough said.

5 months, 1 week ago on Poll: Who do you want as the Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs?

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@Mitch_S2 @TheCanucksnaphook @sharkbabysitter  no it isn't. carlyle hockey is collapse in front of the net and not have the wingers on the half-boards to break the puck out. and then wonder why the puck isn't getting broken out.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: Bruins in town, Verhaeghe signs, Ranger named Leafs’ Masterton nominee

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this is gonna sound terrible, but i don't want the leafs to make the playoffs. that'll keep carlyle's system afloat. fuck that. get someone in who plays old-school, cover the point defense. like boston, and every other successful team.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Thursday Mashup: Bruins in town, Verhaeghe signs, Ranger named Leafs’ Masterton nominee

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@DeclanK @CanuckUKinToronto  the forwards aren't on the half-wall for the breakout because they're down low in front of the net instead of in position. if they were covering the points, they'd be on the hash-marks for the breakout pass.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Now What?

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@dontcallmeshirley  d zone systems and the fact that we have the worst shots against in history. jesus. why isn't this the only thing people are talking about? why isn't the media drilling carlyle on this instead of talking about his fucking relationship with reimer.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Now What?

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i don't think we're in as bad a shape as everyone's saying. our front end is actually strong. i think our demise is coach driven. biggest problems:


1) a defensive system that allowed more shots against in a single season than anyone else in NHL history. how can we properly execute anything else when we're hemmed in our zone the whole game chasing the puck like tim bits. even if the shots are "from the outside and not dangerous" (bullshit), it takes our mojo away to have a team cycle the puck on us at will. Swarm defence is the stupidest system i have ever seen.


2) not running four lines regularly to keep the energy up. burning everyone out.


3) keep the game fun. Ryan getzlaf said carlyle was the only coach he's had who took the fun out of hockey. you can see this in the players.


address these 3 issues (and bring back komarov) and it could be a whole new ballgame without a major core shakeup. goodbye RC. your stubbornness and refusal to adapt sealed your fate.



5 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Now What?

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@Jordan29  i agree about the law of averages though. we can't be outshot 2-1 every game and feel good about winning. we knew it would catch up. and i'm glad it has, so we can address the problems. if we made the playoffs, carlyle would get another year, and he doesn't deserve it. his defensive system is the biggest problem, and has been all year. first became glaringly evident in game 7 against boston

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Now What?

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@Pent_House @Yaknowwhat  come on. we got him for $1 mill. great deal.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #76, Red Wings at Maple Leafs

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i'm still amazed that the only discussion in town isn't RC's faulty defensive system and the fact that we're going to have the most shots against in the history of the NHL.


#COVERTHEPOINTSRANDY


show us you can adapt, Randy!!! Show us tonight!!!

5 months, 3 weeks ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #76, Red Wings at Maple Leafs

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@CanuckUKinToronto  yup. i've been saying it since the boston series last year. carlyle's fucking swarm system is ridiculous. wingers have to take the points, which will kill their cycle, and put the wingers in position for the breakout. fuck me. how can't they see this?

5 months, 3 weeks ago on The Decline of Dion Phaneuf

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good write up. what i hate most about phaneuf is that he won't be the first on the puck in the corner. he won't take the hit, then come out with the puck. he lets the other guy go first, then smothers him, pussy style. none our defenceman on the olympic team did this. it's really uninspiring to have our captain play this way. plus he doesn't move his feet or look like he's hustling ever. i really wish he wasn't the captain. it sends a bad message to everyone.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on The Decline of Dion Phaneuf

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little late to the party, but great write up on the defensive system problems, Alec. It really is the elephant in the room. how are we supposed to execute any other part of our game confidently when we're getting 40 shots against every night. i heard somewhere that we're on pace to have the 3rd worst shots against in the history of the nhl. back to old school D, Randy. cover the points to break the cycle, and so the wingers are in position to break it out. a blind man could see this is what we have to do.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Joffrey Lupul: Also confounded by Leafs’ defensive system

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@LeafsManiac @Murph2417  what you say is 100 per cent true. phaneuf is an awful face for this team

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Game Review: Game #74, Blues 5 at Maple Leafs 3

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49 shots against. once again. nothing else needs to be said.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #74, Blues at Maple Leafs

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@The_Real_Nonis  could not agree more. his fucking collapse system has everyone running around like tim bits while they're D get chance after chance to shoot, pass and hem us in. can't believe this is allowed to continue. it should be the only conversation in town. YOUR D SYSTEM DOESN'T WORK RANDY. Change it or leave.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on @SharkClubDundas Game Day: Game #74, Blues at Maple Leafs

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great write-up, AP. giving an ashton-holland-d'amigo 4th line a chance at some reasonable minutes would help the whole team. are you READING THIS, carlyle?!

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – March 24

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@Bruffins  short term: 40 shots against a night. Long term: 40 shots against a night.

5 months, 4 weeks ago on Maple Leaf Hangout Ep.#26 with Conor McKenna

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@sniperstar @Jordan29  wtf? bernier has more than proven himself, backing up the worst defence in the league. 40 + shots in 12 games, 30 + in almost every other game. He only got 30 shots twice in LA.  I predict he'll be Team Canada's goalie in the next Olympics. Nope. We don't trade Bernier. Or Kessel, or Reilly. Carlyle's a different story. If he can't design a system to keep our shots against down, goodbye.

5 months, 4 weeks ago on Morning Mashup: Leafs + Habs + HNIC

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the elephant in the room: 40+ shots against us every game. absolutely unsustainable.


some people say it's carlyle's system and the fact that the opposing D aren't covered.

carlyle says they aren't competing enough.

what do you guys think?


6 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #67, Sharks: Many vs. Leafs: Few

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48-21 shots last night. every night it's like this. this is the only thing the coaching staff should be talking about until it changes.


something isn't right about the defensive system. it isn't as simple as effort, like carlyle says.

6 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #67, Sharks: Many vs. Leafs: Few

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those forward line combinations make me think carlyle does have a brain in his head afterall.

6 months, 1 week ago on Maple Leafs vs. Anaheim Ducks Preview: Into the Valley of…

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@Burtonboy  so hope komarov is back in blue next season.

6 months, 1 week ago on Morning(ish) Mashup: Flyers in Town + Links

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i hope carter takes clarkson's place on the 3rd line. give him a chance at regular minutes on an offensive line for once.

6 months, 1 week ago on Morning(ish) Mashup: Flyers in Town + Links

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i'd like to see ashton get a shot at a higher line. id put him on line 3send clarson to 4 and give him the message he deserves.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Shark Club Game Day: Game #64, Maple Leafs at Rangers

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@Komas Taberle @DeclanK  holland is not a 4th liner.

7 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #60, Leafs 3 vs. Canucks 1

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could this be a coming out party for the line 2 they imagined when they got clarckson: 

lupul/kadri/clarkson?

7 months, 1 week ago on Shark Club Game Day: Maple Leafs at Lightning (7:30 p.m., Leafs TV)

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@Loric76 @Gozo  it's the system. the wingers gotta cover the points and be on the hashmarks for the breakout pass. 

7 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #58, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 1

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@MikeGartner11  shawn white's a half-pipe guy. hasn't been on top of the slopestyle game for a while.

7 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #58, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 1

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@Alec Brownscombe good question. i've wondered that too.

7 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #58, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 1

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@peterbleafs  POSITIONING!!!!!! the wingers have to cover the points, taking away their cycle and putting the wingers in position to break the puck out. this has to be done NOW!!!

7 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #58, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 1

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@TheCanucksnaphook @Burtonboy  it's the fucking defensive system. the wingers have to cover the goddamn points, also putting them in the right place to break the puck out at the hash marks. basic, simple hockey. 

40 shots a night says the collapse system isn't working. carlyle is too fucking stubborn to amend his plan. instead he just says they're lazy. that's part of it, but not all. 

7 months, 1 week ago on Game Review: Game #58, Panthers 4 vs. Leafs 1

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@Reversethecurse13 @TheCanucksnaphook  raymond shouldn't go back with lupul and kadri. they need a bigger, tougher body with them. their a sedin line with raymond on it. 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – February 3

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@ParadePlanner @reenergized  i want kamorov back, maybe at kulemin's expense, but bolland is irreplacable, imo. he's gonna be a heart and soul guy for this team. a dustin brown kinda guy who makes everyone play harder. especially clarkson. we need him back. period.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – February 3

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@rustynail @TheCanucksnaphook @The Truth Hurts  no reason for bolland to come back till after the olympic break. we're doing ok. heal up proper.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – February 3

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line consistency is a huge issue and i'm glad lupul had the balls to say it to the media. the only line that has been together for a time is line 1, and look how they're doing. it takes time to gel. and it takes faith from the coach to allow for mistakes without switching everything up as a punishment. with bodies coming back, we have the potential to have as deep a top 3 as anyone. and a badass line 4 if it was used.


1. kessel/bozak/jvr

2. lupul/kadri/kulemin

3. raymond/bolland/clarkson

wow

4. bodie/mcclement/orr (d'amigo/mclaren, )


ashton and holland should only be used in the top 3 lines. putting them on 4 is not helping them or the team. 


if komarov comes back and we need to trade kulemin, he'd be awesome on line 3, with clarkson on line 2.


7 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – February 3

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@loomx  yeah, so goodbye franson. it'll be hard to see him go, because when he is on, he's valuable. but the upside to one more tough D man will be felt immediately. like gleason was.


the biggest issue with this team right now is 40 shots against a night. that has to stop. priority one. another tough Dman will help, as will putting the wingers in position to break the puck out. hybrid collapse system, carlyle. not full-time collapse!

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – February 3

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@loomx  yup. we need one more big, tough stay at home D man like Gleason to complete the back end. Gardiner/Rielly/Franson are too simiar. we need 2 of them, not 3. and we're not trading reilly or gardiner. they truly are the future.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – February 3

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whats wrong with ashton?

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs recall Greg McKegg

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@theacs1966 @Cloud09 @Tim Horton  we should keep one, but he should only playwhen necessary. and when he does, he better stir up some shit. i'd much rather have a heat-seeking missle like kamorov over a second enforcer any day.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs recall Greg McKegg

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@Rick_Vaives_slapshot @DeclanK  yeah, it's funny. american's are supposed to be arrogant prima -donnas. kessel, jvr and gleason are among the most humble dudes on the team. proud to have them.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Maple Leafs recall Greg McKegg

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