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It’s Not Randy Carlyle’s Fault

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

As tempting and knee-jerk as it is to blame the bench boss for the calamity that befell the Toronto Maple Leafs in the last month of the season — 2-12-0 — the fault lies with a group of players who could not rally from an ever-deepening hockey stupor, failing the test of character and fortitude, time and time again.

Oh, there were flashes of backbone, when least expected — beating Boston in the second last week of the schedule, especially. Yet those spurts of mettle were fleeting and ultimately misleading. This was more the team that lost to Winnipeg and Florida and New Jersey down the dismaying stretch; less the team that rose to the challenge of the Bruins.

And the core problem, I suggest, is that the players still don’t see themselves for what they are. They scratch their heads and wonder, how did this happen? The answer is staring them in the face, if only they looked hard in the mirror.

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Nathan's avatar

Definitely not Carlyle’s fault. As a rival of the Wings both with the Laffs and Ducks, the guy annoys me, but he is one of the better coaches in the game. The problem with the Leafs is, as usual, they have nobody building their team properly. This team wasn’t good the way they appeared early in the year. They weren’t 2-12 bad either, but that was just some really painful regression to the mean. They need two puck moving defensemen that can also play defense, they need to get stability in goal, and they need players up front that are committed to playing for every inch between the blue lines. And most importantly, they need those guys to be able to own the puck and make smart passes. They chase the puck a lot, and the explosiveness of a few good players is the only thing that saved them from being in the dumps with the other non-playoff teams.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 04/16/14 at 07:57 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

They have probably the worst captain in the entire league. They lack leadership. They lack character.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/16/14 at 10:10 AM ET

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