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The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons suggests that the ever-prickly Phil Kessel's being handled the wrong way by new Leafs coach Peter Horachek:
Randy Carlyle came to understand the remarkable but flawed oddity that is Phil Kessel. He didn’t coach him much. He didn’t speak to him all that often. Mostly, realizing what he was up against, having a petulant child as his most talented and most protected player, he left him alone.
Since the firing, the more attention that has been put on Kessel, by Brendan Shanahan, by Peter Horachek, by Steve Spott, by the media, the more he has retreated, the less he has produced. Kessel’s collapse in the final 22 games post-Olympics a year ago was supposed to be monumental. The Leafs won just six games. Kessel managed just six goals in that time.
But heading into Montreal on Saturday night, Kessel’s retreat has been unlike any other before it. The Leafs have won just two games for Horachek. Kessel has only six points, three of them goals, in the 16 past games. The collapse a year ago he scored at .68 per game. The collapse now: .38 per game — a 31-point pace.
By salary cap numbers, Kessel is the eighth-highest paid forward in the NHL and next season he will rank 10th. For a scorer who is usually in the top 10, that is paying market value for Kessel. And by my count, he would be the top offensive player on 21-of-30 NHL teams. That won’t necessarily make him easy to trade if the Leafs go that route. But one thing seems clear: The way to get the most out of Kessel is to put the least amount of pressure on him. He reacts like a spoiled kid when prodded, hanging on the periphery, rarely pushing his way through.
Simmons continues with the usual amount of Sunday notes...
After Toronto's 5-4 loss to the New York Rangers,
How unimpressed and disappointed was interim Leafs head coach Peter Horachek with his team’s effort on Tuesday against the Rangers? His answer had to be censored.
Watch the full post-game from Horachek below...
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
One of the hardest things for Maple Leafs coach Peter Horachek to hear right now is talk he shouldn’t be the Leafs’ coach at all.
With his club 1-11 since he took over the coaching reins, Leafs Nation is rife with talk that, maybe, it wasn’t so bad under former coach Randy Carlyle after all.
Horachek’s mantra is to keep pressing forward with the process, but he’s not idling and hoping for a break from critics and a bone from the Hockey Gods in the form of a win.
Horachek is likely more frustrated than any of his players or fans; this is a coach who spent nine years as an assistant in a solid Nashville Predators program, took over a hopeless situation on an interim basis in Florida last year, then progressed to an equally untenable situation in Toronto as an interim coach at the moment.
For the moment, Horachek remains stoic for public consumption, but is pressing buttons with his players harder and harder behind the scenes.
And the player of the game is.interim head coach Peter Horachek.
added 11:38am, Press release is below...
from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
As the Stanley Cup playoffs proceed without the Panthers for the 12th time in the past 13 seasons, big decisions are looming for the franchise regarding who to select at No. 1 in the NHL Entry Draft in late June as well as which free-agent difference-makers to pursue beginning on July 1.
But first things first. Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon and co-owners Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu must decide whether or not to remove the interim tag from coach Peter Horachek or begin a coaching search to find the right fit for a young team.
Tallon said that decision will be made in early May at organizational meetings after he returns from Finland where he's scouting prospects in the International Hockey Men's Under-18 World Championship.