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Toronto’s Plan Is To Be Like The Kings

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The Los Angeles Kings are what the Toronto Maple Leafs hope to be — not just Stanley Cup champions but grinding, forechecking, defensive-minded Stanley Cup champions.

So says Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.

“I look at the way (the Kings) played and the type of team they had was very similar to what we had in 2007 (in Anaheim),” said Carlyle, who won the Cup with the Ducks that year.

“It was a grinding type of puck movement (in the playoffs) … There wasn’t a lot of goals scored off the rush. There was a lot more special teams in the games.”

This is the kind of hockey Carlyle wants his Leafs to play.

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Nice idea, but they don’t really have the personnel for that. The King’s grinding style was successful because half of their forwards are monstrous in stature or play that way. Toronto’s important forwards tend to be slightly less than huge or don’t play to their size.

Posted by larry from pitt on 06/24/12 at 07:03 PM ET

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Also, LA has good defensemen.

And a Conn Smythe goalie.

Posted by Garth on 06/24/12 at 07:12 PM ET

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Weird.  Last year his plan was to be like Boston.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/24/12 at 08:11 PM ET

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Weird.  Last year his plan was to be like Boston.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/24/12 at 07:11 PM ET

I could have sworn their plan was to be a perennial lottery team.

Posted by Primis on 06/25/12 at 01:05 AM ET

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Wait a minute.  Wasn’t Lombardi on the hot seat most of the season?  Kind of like a guy up in Toronto named Burke.  Funny how quickly lombardi became a genius.  He was being reviled as a disaster most of the season.

Posted by 13 user names on 06/25/12 at 11:42 AM ET

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A consistent goalie would radically change Toronto’s prospects.

Posted by 13 user names on 06/25/12 at 11:43 AM ET

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A consistent goalie would radically change Toronto’s prospects.

Some defense that plays defense and don’t consistently leave the young goalies to twist in the wind would radically change Toronto’s goalie development.

Posted by Garth on 06/25/12 at 03:02 PM ET

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Toronto wants to be like LA, the only difference is they lack any players with the same skill as: Kopitar, Quick, Brown, Carter, Doughty or Richards. Much less all six players.

Posted by timbits on 06/25/12 at 04:45 PM ET

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