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The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday notebook is quite good, and it includes another take on Phil Kessel's worth, a note about the "analytics department" teams' coaching records (with an emphasis on "coaches," plural), and a great quip from Randy Carlyle about the coach-critiquing business, but given Carlyle's status and the Maple Leafs' desire to hire a head coach after this season, this seems like the most appropriate place to start:
[Mike] Babcock is a pending free agent who wants big money and a big opportunity to win wherever he ends up coaching next hockey season — assuming he leaves Detroit, which isn’t in any way certain.
The Leafs can offer up money. They can’t guarantee contender status.
That leaves the Leafs open to playing a different waiting game of sorts. Rather than wait for the available free agent, they will monitor the list of those who potentially could be out of work at season’s end.
High on their list of candidates are Todd McLellan in San Jose and Dave Tippett in Arizona. Should either of those coaches be let go, the Leafs would likely act quickly. The same is certainly true in St. Louis, should Ken Hitchcock’s Blues be eliminated again in the first round of the playoffs and a change be made there. And the least likely candidate is Bruce Boudreau in Anaheim, a Leafs lover who has had a history of terrific regular seasons and not-so-terrific post seasons.
This much is obvious: The Leafs had little interest in Barry Trotz and Peter Laviolette, who have gone into Washington and Nashville and made an immediate impact. The internal belief was Randy Carlyle was equal to, if not better than, either of those coaches.
Should the Caps and Predators qualify for the post-season and the Leafs fall short, that decision by club president Brendan Shanahan and general manager Dave Nonis will have proven, if it hasn’t already, to be incorrect.
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from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
A public firing is always difficult to absorb. For 24 hours, on radio and TV and newspaper websites, on social media, Carlyle’s termination was the talk of the hockey world. He’s been there before. And it was always destined to end this way, whether on March 6, 2015, or five months from now or another year or two down the line. It’s the fate of all coaches in all sports. Few get to choose the time of their departure.
Carlyle is philosophical.
“I’m really at peace with it, to tell you the truth. I don’t think I left anything on the table or in the drawer.”
This city is a distinct challenge, as it will be for whoever succeeds Carlyle.
“The one thing about the job in Toronto — it will wear you down, it’ll grind you. I always tried to come out of that room and be as positive as I possibly could to the people that were on the exterior. Sure, there were things that happened inside the room that I think should stay inside the room.”
So don’t expect Carlyle get in his licks on his way out of town.
added 4:42pm, from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
All via Twitter and make sure to click the names for more reaction from some of the tweets... (added 10:04am, I will be adding to this post for the next few hours, additions added after the jump.)
And the Mike Babcock-to-Toronto watch formally begins. Well, picks up momentum.
Coaching change only makes sense if its followed up by changing Kessel-Phaneuf core. Otherwise spinning your wheels.
It's the wrong time to appoint a full time head coach unless you truly believe in Peter DeBoer or Dan Bylsma. I'd wait to end of season.
I will say this for Randy Carlyle. In a challenging media market, with huge demands, he was a real pro to deal with. Pretty classy guy.
I don't think I've ever seen a NHL fan base more thrilled at news that their coach was fired than Leafs fans are right now.
Coach always gets it, but this is on #Leafs players just as much. Is it really that difficult to pick up some defensive habits?
I would doubt any major trades will be in Toronto until the real coach is hired. Shanny and group are now on the clock.
via the Toronto Maple Leafs,
David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday morning that head coach Randy Carlyle has been relieved of his duties. Assistant coaches Peter Horachek and Steve Spott will handle coaching duties in the Club’s next game Wednesday night as the Leafs host the Washington Capitals.
The Leafs (21-16-3) are fourth in the Atlantic Division with 45 points, one point ahead of the Boston Bruins for the second Eastern Conference wild-card berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“I want to thank Randy for all of his hard work and dedication,” said Nonis. “It’s never an easy decision to make when changing your leadership but our team was not trending in the right direction and we felt an immediate change was necessary.”
Hired by the Maple Leafs on March 2, 2012, Carlyle compiled a record of 91 wins, 78 losses, and 19 overtime/shootout losses in 188 games behind the Maple Leafs’ bench. The 58-year-old holds a career NHL coaching record of 364 wins, 260 losses, and 80 overtime/shootout losses in 704 games between the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto.
Amongst the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' notes:
What Leafs management likes most about Nazem Kadri — his inherent cockiness — is also what they like least. It’s good to have that when you’re producing. Kadri’s assist Friday night in Columbus was his first in 18 Toronto games, dating back to last season. ... Determined to get David Clarkson back on track this season, the Leafs coaching staff watched every game he played in his final two seasons in New Jersey this summer to get a sense of what he did well. So far, the reset, as Randy Carlyle calls it, seems to be working out just fine.
With 712 wins, Joel Quenneville is two seasons away from moving past Al Arbour on the NHL list of all-time coaching victories. He will end up second but nowhere near Scotty Bowman’s 1,244 wins . Quenneville, by the way, began his coaching career as a playing assistant to Marc Crawford with the Leafs farm team in St. John’s.
This is a tough time for hockey royalty: Gordie Howe, Arbour, Pat Quinn are all struggling. Wish all of them, and others we may not know about, the best. And from football, our friend, Dick Thornton, who writes via e-mail: “I’m fighting the best I can.” You can follow Tricky Dicky at http://www.coachthornton.com.
Simmons continues at length...
via Shawn McKenzie tweets,
Carlyle on Kadri "Is it confidence? Is it overconfidence? Is it cockiness? Is it all of those things?" Thats what you ask yourself"
Carlyle cont'd "I look at it as a strength. When you are able to not just talk it, you have to live it."
Carlyle "I'm sure he'll (Kadri) get some shifts tonight against John Tavares, so we will let the tale of the tape prove that"
If you missed what Kadri said earlier, you can read it here.
added 3:32pm, Watch Kadri talking after practice, below...
“This season is not about me, not at all. It’s about the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’ll never be about me. I’m a sidebar. I’m the tsetse fly on the wall. This season is about the Maple Leafs. It’s about our team. It’s about our players. It’s about our organization.
“The reality is, we have to win more games. Simple as that. Winning cures pretty much everything.
“Losing is hard. This is why we’re bald and we’re grey and you ask yourself, ‘Why do I do this for a living?’ You carry the losses with you. And in this market, you carry it a little big longer and a lot louder.
“You have to have short-term memory. You have to be able to move on to the next practice, the next game, turn the page and keep your emotions so you make the decisions that are best for your group.”
-Randy Carlyle, head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. More from Carlyle by Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
If Carlyle turns things around, with the help of quite a few roster changes by the look of things, then great, as far as Shanahan is concerned. The Leafs have continuity and all that. If there is another march off the cliff at any point in the season, well, hey, Carlyle is Nonis’s guy, eh?
And don’t get caught up in the fact Carlyle is under contract for three more seasons, which probably has the Leafs on the hook for something around $6-million (all currency U.S.). Some of the MLSE directors spill that much at lunch.
The two-year contract extension is a clear message to the players. They are being told Carlyle is no lame-duck coach; the contract security means he has the backing of management, so it’s his way or the highway.
This is why Shanahan and Nonis made the right decision. There were too many shirkers last season when it came time to play the hard hockey needed to get into the playoffs. A lot of them need to go and Nonis is planning to say goodbye if he can manage it.
from the Toronto Maple Leafs,
Toronto Maple Leafs management, led by Senior Vice President and General Manager David Nonis with input and support from team president Brendan Shanahan, extended the contract of head coach Randy Carlyle by two years on Thursday after a thorough team review following the end of the 2013-14 season. Nonis announced at the same time that assistant coaches Dave Farrish, Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin would not return to the team next season.
“It was important, after a disappointing end to the season and the arrival of Brendan as team president, to conduct a thorough review of the organization as we continue the work of building a winning tradition and culture for the Maple Leafs,” said Nonis. “That process started with the head coach, and as we analyzed it, we decided together that Randy Carlyle was the right person to lead this team. In Randy we know that we have a leader who has enjoyed a high level of success as both a player and a coach, including a Stanley Cup championship. It was important that the positives Randy brings to our team were not overshadowed by a finish to the season that we all must take responsibility for.”
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons goes over his usual wide array of topics in this Sunday's column, but his "lede" involves a suggestion that the San Jose Sharks' decision to retain Todd McLellan's services prevented the new Atlantic Division from including a trio of current or former members of the Red Wings' coaching staff behind its teams' benches:
At least four NHL teams, two not necessarily looking to replace their coach, were prepared to make a pitch to McLellan, had he been made available.
One of those teams is believed to be the Maple Leafs, who have been silent on Randy Carlyle’s status since their season ended and Brendan Shanahan was anointed as team president.
And at the same time, had Carlyle been let loose by the Leafs, there were two other teams interested in hiring him to coach.
Now, with McLellan probably staying in San Jose, the likelihood is the Leafs won’t wait long to confirm that Carlyle will return in his position as coach: He has one year left on his contract.
Simmons continues at length...
Randy Carlyle could only speak for the moment when asked about his future as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, addressing the media on Tuesday for the first time after his team's season ended short of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“I'm here today,” he said when asked whether he would be back with the club for the 2014-15 season.
“In this business you take on the responsibility of wins and losses, he continued. “You put your best foot forward and try to be honest and forthright with people and that's what we're trying to do as a hockey club.”
Carlyle's future has been the subject of great speculation in the wake of a disappointing season for the Leafs. A March free-fall saw the team plummet from third in the Eastern Conference to a 38-36-8 finish, good for the eighth-worst record in the League.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Tampa Bay Lightning made it clear to Ryan Callahan’s camp that they want the player past this season.
The pending UFA's agent, the veteran Steve Bartlett, told ESPN.com Tuesday that he chatted with Steve Yzerman in Buffalo over the past weekend, at which point the Bolts GM made it clear they'd like to talk extension after the season.
Yzerman, also reached Tuesday, said for now the focus is on hockey, on making the playoffs and on doing well in the playoffs. The GM will focus on Callahan’s future later.
"He’s just going to play hockey and we’ll talk when the season’s over," Yzerman told ESPN.com.
continued plus topics like John Tortorella, Andrei Markov, Jagr signing again with New Jersey and the future of Randy Carlyle and even more than that.
George here on the late shift...
The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa's notebook covers a myriad of topics, and its thrust involves the roles Rob DiMaio and Tim Taylor play in the St. Louis Blues' organization, but this quip about the Toronto Maple Leafs coach's relationship with his captain...Is probably a more astute analysis of the ways in which a coach can manage a team's most meaningful player's play than anything coming out of Toronto over the next six months:
Phaneuf isn’t a bad defenseman, but he’s not a smart one. As captain, Phaneuf recognizes he’s surrounded by deficiencies. So he tries to do too much — pinch low in the offensive zone, sprint into center ice to throw a big hit, pursue the puck carrier in the corners. None of that helps his team.
It is Carlyle’s mandate to keep Phaneuf collared to his position. If he played a simpler game, Phaneuf would be a much better defenseman. Phaneuf is strong, fit, and mobile. Those attributes benefit a stay-at-home defenseman.
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch ponders the fates of Dany Heatley, Andy MacDonald, Andrei Markov, Dmirtri Kulikov and others in his weekly rumor column, but he's been talking about executives for some time and I haven't paid those quips much heed, so it's time to talk about the gents in suits. In addition to wondering about the shelf lives of Dallas Eakins and Mike Yeo, Garrioch says that the Carolina Hurricanes' only general manager may be moving on up...
While Carolina GM Jim Rutherford is expected to move upstairs into a full-time role as president at the end of the season, the word is owner Peter Karmanos has to sign off on the decision to elevate Ron Francis. You’d have to think it is a rubber stamp and if that’s the case then coach Kirk Muller will likely be thanked at the end of the season.
And I can't deny that I've had this thought as well:
Tonight will be first game Carlyle has coached in Anaheim since he was let go by the Ducks.
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.
The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons offers up his usual smorgasbord of Sunday observations, including an explanation as to what went wrong between himself and Brian Burke, but this paragraph's worth of thoughts stood out to me:
Question that wasn't asked after Carlyle admitted he was spotted in a Swiss Chalet in Parry Sound over the break: Did he order half-chicken or quarter-chicken? ... Not surprised that tickets for the outdoor game in Los Angeles between the Kings and Ducks aren't moving. Part of the charm of these over-hyped events is the back-to-roots element of the game. It's hardly back to roots when fans are wearing short-sleeved shirts at Dodger Stadium ... The Sunday assignment: Go through every NHL roster and make a list of defenceman you'd rather have than Phaneuf. It's not as easy you might think. I got to 15 and then started arguing with myself ... The new contract, when it's officially signed, will make Phaneuf the sixth-highest-paid defencemen in hockey, tied with Drew Doughty and Zdeno Chara. The top three paid defencemen in the NHL are Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and this year's Norris Trophy favourite, Duncan Keith ... Why Jamie Benn will be on Canada's Olympic team. His coach is Lindy Ruff. Ruff is one of Mike Babcock's assistants with Team Canada. All Ruff has to explain is what he sees every night with Benn
(Yes, Saturday's HBO's 24/7 episode basically revealed that Phaneuf and the Leafs have indeed agreed to a 7-year, $49 million contract extension)
You may most certainly read the rest; the Burke stuff really is fascinating.
First Rany Carlyle post-game...
Watch the Pacioretty goal below...
The 'Battle of Ontario' was rejoined tonight as the Maple Leafs played their home opener against the Ottawa Senators. As they have since 1931, the 48th Highlanders opened the season for the Leafs - but the team chose to come out to the stylings of Metallica, instead:
While some things may stay the same, at least one thing would change. For the first time in 18 years, the inter-Provincial rivalry will not include Daniel Alfredsson. It made for much less booing, but no less scoring.
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The proprietor and I were sort of hoping for a nice, quiet Sunday night on KK, and that seemed to be the case until about 9:30, when the Maple Leafs and Bruins engaged in massive amounts of dumb and/or exciting fighting. Hockeyfights.com posted what may be the longest and most context-setting clip of the bouts (and you will all be shocked, of course, to find out that John Scott was chirping at the Leafs' bench before he tried to fight Phil Kessel, David Clarkson hopped off the bench and five minutes of adventures in knuckle-punching took place)...
And while the Toronto Sun's Lance Hornby and Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk did a fine job of capturing the Leafs' post-game reaction, and the Olean Times-Herald's Bill Hoppe told the Sabres' side of the story (not-so-shockingly, neither team chose to make the principals in instigation and jumping off the bench, respectively, available to the media), Sportsnet's Chris Johnston noted that the incredibly high likelihood that prized free agent signing David Clarkson will be suspended for ten games makes the Leafs' cheek-to-cheek dance with the salary cap quite complicated:
“The way the practice went this morning maybe (they’ll play) them all. We have to get ready. I know what it’s like as a veteran player – training camp is not a lot of fun – but the reality is our preparation has to get to a higher level for Oct. 1, for our first game. That’s where our focus is.
“If they have to play every game from here on out then that’s what we’ll do.”
-Randy Carlyle, head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs after the morning skate this morning. More from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
On winger Phil Kessel, who has eight points in his last four games:
“I just think that we’ve asked him to do some things differently. Again, it’s a tribute to the player. It’s not anything that is earth shattering. We just felt that there’s things that we have to do as a group to give ourselves the best chance to have success. And we didn’t really think that we could be a one-dimensional team, as far as a rush team. And I would say, last night, we had more chances on the rush than we have had all year.”
On who might have won, if Nazem Kadri fought Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher during Saturday night’s 5-1 Toronto win:
“I don’t know. I think Nazzy’s been involved in probably a few scraps in his day in junior, and in the American Hockey League. And I don’t know Brendan Gallagher. He’s a Western [Canadian] kid, so I’m sure he didn’t get to where he is not having to defend his honour.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The decision to hire Carlyle might be the most important coaching decision made in Toronto since Cliff Fletcher hired Pat Burns in 1992. What he's managed with the Leafs, in concert with Nonis, over 17 games is nothing short of improbable.
Before this season began, after the lockout, Nonis met with the Leafs players and so did Carlyle. The meetings were separate but the tone was similar.
"We made it clear to players going in, that on any given evening, players who gave us the best chance to win, regardless of their contract, were going to play. This is something we agreed upon and have followed through on.
"It was important that every player knew this. It was a position we felt was important for us to take. We wanted transparency and accountability from everyone. If you say that and then you don't act on it, you'll lose the room. When we told them how it was going to be, I believe it's important that we stand true to our words. If they see the opposite, they won't believe in anything you say.
"And we've been true to our word on this."
The introduction of Randy Carlyle is scheduled to start at 10:00am ET.
added 11:38pm, from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
The expression on Brian Burke’s florid face spoke as much or more as anything the Toronto Maple Leafs general manager actually said in a 27-minute news conference about the decision to fire coach Ron Wilson and replace him with Randy Carlyle.
He looked stricken, glum - and typically combative.
“Despite my demeanour,” he said at one point, “I’m actually pretty excited.”
In the end, Burke decided it was time to fire Wilson, who he has known since the two were college freshmen at Providence College in 1973, in the aftermath of a home loss to Florida last week where incensed fans chanted “Fi-re Wil-son! Fi-re Wil-son.”
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
“I have to make sure I’m ready and have an understanding of what’s going on in the League and there’s no better way than to have a presence in the buildings,” said Carlyle. “Just your presence in the building shows people you’re active and still out there and trying to stay current. That’s the message you want to send to everybody. It’s important. It’s important to meet people. In Anaheim, in the press box, I’ve probably met every general manager, every assistant general manager, every director of player personnel, all the pro scouts that go through the West that watch the hockey clubs out there—it’s all part of the process of keeping yourself current.”
His new perspective on the game has allowed him to gain some new perspective on what went wrong for him and the team this season. Carlyle went 283-182-61 in 516 regular-season games and 36-26 in 62 playoff contests. The Ducks made the playoffs five times in his six full seasons, including winning the 2007 Stanley Cup.
However, they were 7-13-4 and 14th in the Western Conference when he was let go Nov. 30.
Since then, Carlyle said he’s been doing “self-improvement” that he believes will help him in his next job.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Randy Carlyle took his vacation. Now he’s ready to go back to work.
“For sure,” he said Sunday (a day before the Kings job opened) when asked if he was ready to coach again. “Without a doubt. I think I have something to offer.”
Yes, he does. The marriage between Carlyle and the Anaheim Ducks came to an abrupt end two weeks ago. But, it’s a guarantee that prospective employers will look at the positives of his first six seasons, rather than what went wrong in Year Seven.
continued plus 30 Thoughts…
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Calling it an emotional time for him and his family, Carlyle had nothing but good things to say about the organization that employed him since 2005. Carlyle coached the Ducks to a Stanley Cup championship in June 2007.
“I was very fortunate and I want to thank the Samueli family,” he said of the Ducks owners. “This whole experience was nothing but positive for me and my family. What went down in the end, obviously I’m not happy about it but that’s the nature of sports. We didn’t win and that’s the bottom line.”
General manager Bob Murray informed Carlyle of the coaching change after Wednesday night’s 4-1 win over Montreal. Carlyle took the news hard.
“Murph (Murray) and I had a difference of opinion on how things were going. That happens,” said Carlyle. “But the way I look at it, I want the team to win. I wish them all the luck. I want the Anaheim Ducks to win hockey games. Right now though, it’s tougher on my family more than anything.”
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Bruce Boudreau head coach, replacing Randy Carlyle. The club has also relieved Assistant Coaches Dave Farrish and Mike Foligno, and Video Coordinator Joe Trotta of their duties. Brad Lauer has been added to the Ducks staff as an assistant coach. One additional assistant will be named at a later date.
“This was an extremely difficult decision,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Randy is a terrific head coach, and did a tremendous job for us for six-plus seasons. We thank him greatly for his hard work and dedication to our franchise, not the least of which was a Stanley Cup championship. At this time, we simply felt a new voice was needed. Bruce is a proven winner with a great track record, and we are optimistic we can turn this season around under his leadership.”
added 1:28am, Ducks announce they will hold a news conference with Boudreau tomorrow after their 2:00pm ET practice.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed head coach Randy Carlyle to a new three-year contract through the 2013-14 NHL season. Carlyle was originally under contract through 2011-12. That contract year (2011-12) has been revised as part of the new three-year agreement. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
“Randy has been invaluable to this club over the last six years,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He has been a true leader through thick and thin, and we are very pleased to be able to reward him with this well-deserved contract.”
Carlyle, 55 (4/19/56), was named the seventh head coach in team history on Aug. 1, 2005 and has since led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup championship (2007), Pacific Division championship (2007) and five playoff appearances in six seasons (2005-09, 2011). Only one NHL coach has won more postseason games than Carlyle’s 36 since 2005-06 (Mike Babcock). Carlyle has the most wins and highest winning percentage in Ducks history, compiling a 266-169-57 record in 492 regular season contests (.599 winning percentage).
“I’m very grateful to be able to continue coaching the Ducks into the future,” said Carlyle. “The Samuelis have laid a great foundation for success in Southern California both on and off the ice, and my family and I are happy to be a part of it.”
“It’s always disappointing when you don’t have the necessary passion to have success displayed on the ice surface,. Simple as that. We talked about it. We’ve had a conversation about it. We’re continually talking with our players today about it.
“I’ve got some interesting feedback. They’ve heard a few things that I’ve had to say, questioning them in a couple of areas in which we deem are unacceptable. We’ll formulate a plan together and do that here in the next 24 hours.”
Randy Carlyle, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks. More from Eric Stephens of the OC Register.
Pierre LeBrun answers some rants…
Is it just me or does Randy Carlyle get a free pass? He is lucky to get 50% out of his “superstars” and yet Murray keeps saying that the coach is safe. I think the Ducks need a change in their style of play not to mention a coach that is going to whip Getzlaf, Perry and Selanne into shape. These players should be in the Stamkos, Crosby, Ovechkin conversations but they are not because they are not challenged by their coach to do better.
I understand your frustration as a Ducks fan. I believe Randy Carlyle is one of the best coaches in the league. But sometimes—and that time may be coming—you stay long enough in the same place and the players stop responding. It’s why great coaches like Scotty Bowman didn’t stay in the same place forever; the late Pat Burns coached four different teams to impressive levels of success. But like any coach, the players stop responding after a while. It may be that time has come in Anaheim.
more rants and answers…
“It was 5-0 and you’ve got Joe Thornton and you got Patrick Marleau and you’ve got Heatley and you’ve got Boyle and you’ve got [Joe] Pavelski on the ice. People don’t forget those things.”
-Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle who was upset the Sharks loaded up their offense late in the 2nd period. More on the Ducks from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog.
“Did you see the slew foot that (Henrik) Zetterberg (did)?. Zetterberg slew footed Matt Beleskey at center ice. Everybody in the building saw it. We ended up getting the penalty.
“I’m not saying we didn’t deserve the penalty. But there should have been an even-up call on the play. Those are frustrating things that happen. They continually happen in this building.”
-Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. More Ducks talk from Eric Stephens of the OC Register.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Q: Have you settled into a comfort zone as a NHL head coach?
A: What’s a comfort zone? How do you describe it? My comfort zone is the program that we provide. I’m never going to change the fact that it’s our responsibility as a coaching staff to provide an environment for our players to have success. That’ll be our statement. We cannot put people into situations or expect people to perform in unrealistic situations. And we have to continually develop and prod our players for more. That’s what we’re about.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The last coach to win a playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings takes pride in that distinction, and he should. With Detroit poised to win its second straight Stanley Cup championship tonight with a victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena, Randy Carlyle might hold on to that honor for a while.
Carlyle’s Ducks defeated the Red Wings in the 2007 Western Conference finals before defeating Ottawa to win the Cup. The Ducks didn’t face Detroit in the 2008 playoffs but caused anxiety in Hockeytown during the second round this spring….
“The thing about Detroit is that the depth they’ve got throughout their lineup is starting to be the difference-maker in the games and inside the games,” Carlyle said by phone Monday.
“Pittsburgh seemed to have them on the run in the two games they won in their building, but the other night it seemed after the first seven minutes it was all Detroit.”...
At their best, the Penguins—like the Ducks—have initiated an aggressive forecheck and maintained a quick tempo. They’ve also tried to pressure Detroit’s defense by dumping the puck behind the defensemen and making them chase it while targeting them for punishing hits.
“I thought at times, especially in Pittsburgh, they really were able to get the body on them,” Carlyle said. “But again, you’ve got to put the puck into areas and skate off of it.”
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
I haven’t heard one peep about whether Randy Carlyle is entering his final days or weeks as the Ducks coach.
Nor do I think he should be the main blame target for this long outbreak of mediocrity. The Ducks have been plagued by vacations, injuries, suspensions and just lackluster play over the past season and a half. In spurts they still remember how they did it in 2007.
But just take a glance at the All-Star break standings.
There are our heroes, in 8th place in the West. They have 51 points (as do sixth-seeded Edmonton and seventh-seeded Vancouver) and are 22 behind San Jose.
“I’m sure the mandate on other teams, what they’re saying is, ‘Just move your feet, get inside and they’ll take penalties. I don’t think we’re working anywhere near hard enough. We’re not working in the tough areas to get enough done.
“I can’t point to one area where I’d say we’ve been satisfied, but I know these guys have it in them. We’ve worked hard before, and that’ll be a staple of our hockey club. We’ll outwork teams.”
-Ducks coach Randy Carlyle after losing to the Kings last night. More on the game from Dan Wood of the OC Register…
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed head coach Randy Carlyle to a two-year contract extension. Carlyle had one year remaining on his original contract and is now signed through the 2010-11 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
“In our view, Randy is one of the top coaches in the NHL,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. “We’ve had an aggressive, hard-working club each of the past three years, largely due to his influence. He’s clearly been paramount to our success since taking over the reins.”
“Working in Orange County for owners such as the Samuelis is a privilege, and I’m honored to be able to continue representing the Ducks,” said Carlyle. “I’m thankful for the great relationship I have with Brian Burke and our hockey staff and expect more success in the future. We fell short of our goal last year and it’s time for us to respond.”
from the LA Times,
Carlyle is often the first to acknowledge the errors of the Ducks’ ways. It’s when there are plays such as the Blue Jackets’ Rick Nash leveling forward Rob Niedermayer in the first period that leaves the coach scratching his head.
“You put your stick up and touch a player’s hand, that’s a penalty,” Carlyle said. “If you put a stick between a player’s legs and impede his progress, that’s a penalty. And we were guilty of a couple of those things.
“When you’ve got players leaving their feet to make body checks and not get called, there’s a question. But that’s the way it goes.”
more (reg. req.) about the game last night with Columbus…
from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
After a few skating drills at the end, Carlyle called everyone together for a lengthy on-ice discussion.
“It was their practice,” Carlyle said. “My speech was more about how they’re going to be judged on how we perform tomorrow. We can’t change what we did last night. It wasn’t enough. We understand that. Now we’re moving to prepare for tomorrow. We felt giving them ownership of practice today was one of the methods that can lighten the day because we’re pretty down in the mouth about what happened last night.”