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Stop The Randy Carlyle Must Go Talk

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

So, unless you believe Leaf history should just keep repeating itself, let’s just end this conversation that Carlyle should go, OK? Ditto for the chatter about these players quitting on this coach. If that’s the case, it says a lot more about the quitters than the coach.

Whether Carlyle is or isn’t liked is simply irrelevant. It’s about whether he can get the most out of this team and is given a reasonable opportunity to do so.

Let’s start with a realistic look at what he has to work with at this time.

He’s got some good scoring forwards, but that gets thin outside of the top six. One of those players is Nazem Kadri, a 23-year-old centre who has yet to play more than 48 games in a single NHL season. In general, the club lacks size and toughness on the wings.

On the back end, Carlyle doesn’t have a single reliable pair, and he’s working with 23-year-old Jake Gardiner and 19-year-old Morgan Rielly, two blueliners who are very much in the apprentice stage of their NHL careers.

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This is the problem I have: I think Carlyle is great. However, it is abundantly clear that this is a rush team which is pretending to be something else and failing at it. I get that the team needs to buy in a bit more, and there’s a ton of factors that are hard to identify, but at some point either they’re playing Carlyle’s game, or they aren’t. Simple as that. This isn’t a “blame the coach”, attitude, it’s just realistic. They looked for a fraction of a second last spring as though they could play Randy’s system, but that is starting to appear to be a blip. So the choice is either to start changing player personnel, or change the system. That may mean Carlyle’s on the block for doing nothing but his best, and it just wasn’t a good fit.

Posted by mmuskrat on 01/10/14 at 08:29 PM ET

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I think Carlyle is better than most of the players. If I were to change something, it would be the players.

Posted by timbits on 01/10/14 at 11:22 PM ET

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Agreed.

Posted by mmuskrat on 01/10/14 at 11:28 PM ET

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