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“Every time I look in the paper, he’s doing all his yapping. “For five goals, for Christ sakes, he’s got more to say than anybody. Just shut your mouth and play hockey, that’s what I’d say.”
-Don Cherry on Nazem Kadri. Cherry appeared on Sportsnet's Fan 590 earlier today and Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post has more.
from the CP at TSN,
Leo Komarov took an elbow to the head from Alex Ovechkin early in the first minute of the third period and did not return.
Carlyle was asked if Komarov went through concussion protocol following the hit.
"Well he didn't feel good so that's what we did," said Carlyle. "We held him out and he's going to be having further evaluation. He seems fine now, but they all seem to be fine."
As for the hit, Carlyle said, "I thought it was kind of 'oops I hit you on purpose'."
In the same game, this happened too...
Before the Leafs/Caps game tonight in Toronto, nicely done.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
This collection of players doesn’t have the right stuff to succeed under the glare of the Toronto spotlight. Maybe they would be able to make it in Raleigh, Sunrise or Newark, but they don’t have the hide to take on the challenge of being Maple Leafs — certainly the alleged leaders don’t.
Maybe Dion Phaneuf would be the right guy to lead a small-market U.S. team, but his endorsement/approval of the infantile, tone-deaf stunt his team pulled on Thursday makes it pretty clear he should not be captain of the Maple Leafs.
It is as if general manager Dave Nonis and his immediate predecessor, the bombastic, never ignored (even if always to be ignored) Brian Burke, somehow put together the hockey equivalent of a team of Eddie Lee Whitsons, the one-time Yankees pitcher whose personality was not made for New York.
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from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail,
You can understand why Shanahan is keeping out of this. This season was always lost. All he wants to do is get to April. By then, he can torch Carlyle and maybe Nonis, and hire Detroit head coach Mike Babcock.
Babcock is his finish line. In the interim, he needs Carlyle and Nonis to wear this wretched season, but he also needs them to survive it.
Those two objectives only align if the team is mediocre, rather than embarrassingly awful. They’re sliding from the former to the latter.
The pressure is mounting on Shanahan to do the thing he least wants – give in to public frustration and fire Carlyle now.
Then he’d have to hire an interim coach. What if that guy won? And the fans fell in love with him? That would screw everything up.
So Carlyle is left dangling, with no word at all from his bosses. Shanahan can’t be seen supporting or denying him. Any presser he holds right now is going to be perceived as a vote of confidence or a kiss of death. Probably both. It’s an impossible bind.
In the end, all Shanahan can do is hide.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Most notably, the Maple Leafs decided to buck tradition by skipping the customary salute to fans following a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. During the last couple seasons every win at Air Canada Centre has been celebrated in the same way: With players skating to centre ice and raising their sticks in the air.
At least every win until this one.
While one member of the team told me afterwards that the group was simply looking to change things up and didn’t intend to offend the paying customers, the gesture certainly left plenty of room for another interpretation.
It has been a trying season in Toronto, with fans often booing the team and throwing sweaters on the ice repeatedly during games. Already the Leafs have been beaten by three or more goals in their building on four occasions.
added 9:41pm, Well okay then, a semi-stick salute.
added 10:00am, Oh, and then there is this...
from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey,
There’s no pleasant way to say this: the Leafs suck. I don’t mean that to trash talk. It’s simply the way it is. They’ve missed the playoffs every season but one since the end of the season-killing lockout of 2004-05, and then only made the playoffs in a lockout-shortened season.
Over the past three years the Leafs have been among the league’s worst puck-possession and defensive teams. Those figures quoted by the hockey analytics nerds might piss off some fans and pundits, but they’re not wrong. They weren’t wrong last season and they’re not wrong this season. By the way, nerd is no longer an insult. They rule the world now. Deal with it, jockstrap.
What is it about the Leafs over the past decade which has thwarted the otherwise shrewd hockey men brought in to manage and coach this team?
Then Bob McKenzie with the takedown.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
It doesn’t sound like any massive change is coming any time soon to the Maple Leafs, despite the team’s three-game losing streak.
Leafs GM Dave Nonis addressed the media, saying coach Randy Carlyle’s job is safe and no trades are in the offing.
“No one was here after the Boston game when we were 6-1-1 asking about his job security,” said Nonis. “We’ve got some things to work on. We just need to get back to where we were a week ago.”
Nonis said he was frustrated and embarrassed at the Leafs’ 9-2 loss to Nashville on Tuesday night.
continued and you can watch Nonis meeting with the media below...
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