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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.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #36, Panthers 3 at Leafs 1
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.
@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. ;-)
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Game in 10: Game #30, Leafs 4 at Sens 3 (SO)
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.
@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.
3 months, 1 week ago on Game in 10: Game #25, Pens 6 vs. Leafs 5 (SO)
@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.
Nice summary Alec. Except not nearly enough BLAME. You need to shout a bit more. Someone. Must. Die.
Meanwhile, I just had fun with this one. Nonsense bounces, bizarre refereeing, pond hockey. We got a point. That's fine.
@Pent_House Dude. You're talking in your sleep.
3 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Maple Leafs at Penguins (7:30 p.m., TSN)
@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.
@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.
@wiski 23 officially.
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?
@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.
3 months, 1 week ago on Reshuffling the Defensive Deck
@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.
3 months, 1 week ago on Rogers Closes in on ‘Game Changing’ Broadcasting Deal
@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.
3 months, 1 week ago on Leafs Notebook – November 26
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.
@MaxwellHowe And deserved it. Dumb play.
3 months, 1 week ago on GDT: Blue Jackets at Maple Leafs (7 p.m., Sportsnet)
@mcloki I'd take that personal if I could read.
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.
@rustynail But... but... 6 is BIGGER than 5.