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@Alec Brownscombe @Not Norm I agree that I can't see the pattern to what he's picking out anymore. Some he picks on, others he doesn't. 


This all now just feels to me, after 50 years of watching Leaf coaches come and go, kindof like.... why are we waiting for Carlyle to get the heave? We know NOW how this ends. He plain and simple does not have the kind of team to play the game he wants. And... after 2 full off-seasons to load up for him... this is as good as it gets.


So... is he the right coach for the high-end guys we have, or for the young guys we're bringing up. No chance. Time to end this thing without the months-long collapse and blame and bad trades. I always liked Carlyle, including as a player, and liked his Anaheim team. But this ain't going there. 


Next.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #36, Panthers 3 at Leafs 1

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About Gardiner sitting. The highlights of that 2nd goal show that Jake wanders from the front of the net out 15' past the tops of the circles, to try and stop a point shot. This is off a puck that's been in the zone for some time. Carlyle freaked because... why in the hell is he way out there? And then, the guy behind you back at the net scores. I love Jake, but no excuse there. 


Thing is, if you're in the lesson-teaching business, he should've sat Dion for that 1st goal. I mean, people hated Ranger's pinch in LA, but this one was 8 miles dumb, nowhere near making a difference to anything, but instead, giving up a horrible, effort-killing goal early. 

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #36, Panthers 3 at Leafs 1

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@Alec Brownscombe @Not Norm Offensively, the guy's an All-Star... and still growing into it. Now if they could just get him to help them turn the puck up-ice more often think what we'd have. ;-)

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #30, Leafs 4 at Sens 3 (SO)

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JVR's offence is great, but the guy still gives up 38 shots/60, which is worst in the NHL. Not all his fault, but not often do you see him skating hard all the say back home, or tying guys up in his own end, lifting sticks and such. He's young though, and can add that to his game. Kessel's started to, so there's hope at least.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #30, Leafs 4 at Sens 3 (SO)

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@deedrag @Not Norm Oh yeah, that was just one for letting rip, then hanging on, making it up as they went. Got a point. Good enough. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #25, Pens 6 vs. Leafs 5 (SO)

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@Alec Brownscombe @Not Norm In 45 years of Leaf hockey, I've seen about 8,000 worse than that. Hell, we just played Crosby and Malkin and got a point, racked up 5 goals, total end-to-end insanity. I just hope the media doesn't go too nuts over the 3rd period shots thing is all. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #25, Pens 6 vs. Leafs 5 (SO)

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Nice summary Alec. Except not nearly enough BLAME. You need to shout a bit more. Someone. Must. Die.

Apparently.

Meanwhile, I just had fun with this one. Nonsense bounces, bizarre refereeing, pond hockey. We got a point. That's fine.

Next!

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #25, Pens 6 vs. Leafs 5 (SO)

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@Pent_House Dude. You're talking in your sleep.

11 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Maple Leafs at Penguins (7:30 p.m., TSN)

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@TuckerForPunishment @Not Norm I donno. But if you do, make sure to get it on video.

In fact, if you decide to practice, maybe get that on video as well.

11 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Maple Leafs at Penguins (7:30 p.m., TSN)

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@DWCMLHS @Not Norm Points for creativity. Also - push comes to shove - probably more fun to go next door and beat that idiot with the tire iron. Because.... always  an idiot next door. 

11 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Maple Leafs at Penguins (7:30 p.m., TSN)

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@wiski 23 officially. 

11 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Maple Leafs at Penguins (7:30 p.m., TSN)

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Wow. I kindof enjoyed that, frankly. Yeah, Malkin's goal was a bad call, couple of others, big whoop. We got a point on a night when the ref rolled against us. Thing is, the puck bounced FOR us on a couple of goals too.

Pluses? Bernier was good. Kessel-Bozak-JVR remembered how to score. Fraser and Franson survived against a good team. Rielly and Ranger did great in my books. I mean, look, the Pens had 3 PP goals and a shove-in. 

Anyway... nights like this, you either grab popcorn and enjoy the show... or beat yourself to death with a tire iron.

Tire iron? Popcorn? 

Your call.

11 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Maple Leafs at Penguins (7:30 p.m., TSN)

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@B_Leaf Agreed. Franson doesn't yet himself have the veteran defensive-side skills to teach Rielly or settle him down. And Franson had been shaky, until he was anchored to Fraser, who seemed to help HIM play better. Hopefully, they can refind that now. Only problem is, Fraser's hurt and so, less mobile... and Cody's kindof all-over-the-place again. We'll see, I guess.

11 months, 1 week ago on Reshuffling the Defensive Deck

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@Anthony Petrielli Elliott's family could just as well have originally been Scottish. The MacCucci clan are pretty famous down home in N.S. They may have just changed their name to fit into Toronto's dominant culture. 

If so.... remember your ancestors, MacCucci. And remember... FREEEEEEEEDOM!

Also: Go Leafs Go.

11 months, 1 week ago on Rogers Closes in on ‘Game Changing’ Broadcasting Deal

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@Anthony Petrielli @Not Norm Sorry, man. I keep scrolling past that hat, and .... well.... those flaps kinda take the breath away, right? You maybe need an avatar with an even bigger big hat. Burt-style.

11 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook – November 26

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Lots of good stuff here Alec, but I think Ranger's an important piece - even though his errors are highly visible. I know it's just an anecdote, but 50 shots vs the Caps, and last night's defensive flail-session both came since he sat. Overall? Ranger had 8 fewer 5-on-5 goals against - even while paired with Jake - than Franson had with Rielly. Ranger gives up fewer shots than Cody or Dion or Gunnar. And if you don't like Gunnar's lack of offence, you need guys like Ranger to jump up sometimes. And so far, he's got 5 points at 5v5. That's tied for most on the D squad. Thing is, how long lay-off obviously affected his puck-handling - he bobbles it. The hands aren't smooth. And it's hard to start reeling those split-second reaction passes back in. Anyhoo.... I guess we'll see as it unfolds. Thanks for the notebook though. Always good.

11 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook – November 26

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@MaxwellHowe And deserved it. Dumb play.

11 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Blue Jackets at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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@mcloki I'd take that personal if I could read. 

11 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Blue Jackets at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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Franson is just plain not right, physically or whatever. Jake's been roaming. Fraser's had some flails. Forwards been absent.

Carlyle's gonna kill someone next practice. I hope.

11 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Blue Jackets at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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@rustynail But... but... 6 is BIGGER than 5. 

11 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Blue Jackets at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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Next period, I hear we're gonna try to work some defencemen into the line-up. 

11 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Blue Jackets at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)

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@Burtonboy @Not Norm @Waiting4LSC I'd play 7 or rotate 7. If you're not gonna use that 4th line, why not? Play who's rolling on D. Plus, Dmen get more injuries, carry more hits for longer. Give them all a game out now and then. Dion's starting to show the wear and tear already. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #23, Leafs 2 vs. Capitals 1 (SO)

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@Waiting4LSC Well, that'd be Holland-Kessel-JVR, who had themselves a nightmarish game defensively, which you may be hinting at. Franson needs to be with a guy like Fraser, I think. That seems to give Franson the confidence to go on the attack, use his skating, etc. I think he'd turn inside a month. But asking him to play "veteran defensive hand" and pair with Jake or Rielly is crackers. imho.

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #23, Leafs 2 vs. Capitals 1 (SO)

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@djamon @wendelsfist Except while Rielly & Franson LOOK faster catching up, they're still giving up way more goals. 18 for them this year at 5 on 5. Just 10 for Ranger, 8 for Jake. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #23, Leafs 2 vs. Capitals 1 (SO)

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@lieffan @Not Norm Swear to God, big guys like Franson - and Mahovlich and lots before him - always LOOK like they're not trying. Thing is, with Franson, I just don't think he's plugged in at times. Which is infuriating, because he's got great shot, size, speed, you name it. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #23, Leafs 2 vs. Capitals 1 (SO)

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@Waiting4LSC Thing is, Franson faced mostly Brouwer/Fehr/Chimera. Dion and Gunnar got 10 minutes of Ovie's line, still only gave up 18 chances. Franson-Jake got 1 minute against Ovie, gave up 32-37 to their guys. Franson's miles off his game, and he and Jake - while I love the fireworks and like having them to send out when we're behind, late in a game, just aren't a functioning defensive unit. I'd put Franson back with Fraser for 5-10 games, just to let him settle back into doing what he does well.

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #23, Leafs 2 vs. Capitals 1 (SO)

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Before tonight, Dion had just one game this year where he gave up more than 20 shot attempts against, 5 on 5. Gunnar’s worst was 23 against. Ranger’s was 22. So that's the usual high-end for shot attempts against.

Except... Franson just gave up 32. Just during his 5 on 5 minutes. And Jake was on for 37 against. Worst defensive game, by a mile, this year, for any pairing.

Which is insane. You're giving up 20-30 shot attempts against, just during your 15-18 minutes of 5 on 5 ice-time. That’s how many a good team is giving up in 60 minutes.

And that was Franson’s 9th game giving up over 20 against.

Ok, sure, Rielly gave up 27, which is stupid levels of defensive bad, but at least he was skating like a rocket and generating chances. 

11 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #23, Leafs 2 vs. Capitals 1 (SO)

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@Anthony Petrielli @Not Norm Could be. Just saying, Ranger - for all the public focus on his mistakes - has only 6 even strength goals against. To compare, Franson and Rielly have 13 each. Ranger also has 2nd fewest shots/against per minute. To me, Ranger battened down the hatches for Jake, who has been pretty all over the place for much of the early season. Anyway.... I guess we'll see.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – November 11

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Why have Rielly change sides again, then play with a guy he hasn't paired with yet (Fraser), rather than staying on the side he's now getting used to, and playing with a guy he's already spent time with (Ranger)? 

Also, Ranger's ahead of Fraser on basically every stat, from scoring to Shots Against to Corsi? (And I like Fraser, don't get me wrong.) Just to get Fraser some ice-time and to get Rielly back in? 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Leafs Notebook – November 11

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@B_Leaf @Not Norm Thanks man. I read here a lot. Too much hockey writing & arguing gets me grouchy though, so I gotta keep it reeled in. Save some energy so I can scream at people to tear Chara's head off. ;-)

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Game Tape: 11 minutes to build on in Boston

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Alex.... I've watched the PP replays a dozen times, and when you slow it down, the Bruin holds Reimer's right leg in place, Reimer scissors with the left, and it clips Ranger's leg so that he falls. Just slow it down, and you'll see. 

The guys' mistakes may be visible, but he's only had 6 goals against during 5v5 this year, in the most minutes; fewer shots against per 5v5 minute than any of the big names; and solid PK numbers. He's also got the 2nd most points during 5v5, and  the 2nd best plus/minus. 

I think right now, people are watching for his mistakes. Jake gives up 2-on1's like candy... Cody coughs up the luck in his own end... Rielly's giving up 41 shots per game... I mean, all in all, do we have to give a clipped skate the nod and say it cancels the rest of his game? 

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Game Tape: 11 minutes to build on in Boston

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