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What Have The Leafs Done?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

On January 6th, the Toronto Maple Leafs fired coach Randy Carlyle.  At that point, they would have been a playoff team.  The media had been promoting a coach firing, but since the Leafs had done acceptably and coaching was not the issue, it made no sense.  The Leafs eventually buckled to pressure when they lost a few games after a six game winning streak in December.  There was no good prospect to hire as a coaching replacement; however Peter Horachek was an assistant coach.  He had failed in a partial season coaching the Florida Panthers.  He was hired.

Since then, the Leafs have played eight games.  They have won only one of them.  They have seven losses in that time period.  The Leafs have fallen to 11th place in the East Conference.  They are ten points back of a playoff berth.  Obviously the coaching move has failed to produce any short-term success.

Usually even bad coaching changes produce some short-term success.  A new coach with a new system creates some uncertainty.  Players are uncertain if they will remain in their roles with the team.  It often motivates a short-term push as players try to maintain their spot or earn more ice time in the new system.  That hasn't happened in Toronto.

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Wings Skating In Tampa

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Ansar Khan tweets,

Cleary rotating in

No changes on defense:
Lashoff-Kindl (IR)

Khan also noted earlier all four goalies were on the ice earlier.

added 2:10pm, via Khan,

Gustavsson looks close to returning. When he's cleared he'll go to Grand Rapids for a game or two of conditioning.

added 2:53pm, via Helene St. James tweet,

Babcock said Jurco ready to play Thursday, Kindl too but Babcock sticking with Ouellet on back end

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Video- Cal Clutterbuck Fined For Embellishment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Jan. 28, 2015) -- New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

Watch the incident below...

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Video- Hockey Central At Noon Talks Mike Babcock’s Future

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean discuss the chance of Mike Babcock leaving Detroit, thinking it’s more and more likely that he re-signs with the Red Wings at the end of the season.


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Listen To Mike Babcock On A Few Topics

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul


I agree with Babcock's view on the World Cup replacing the Olympics (he doesn't say it is), which he is totally against.

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Afternoon Line- Mike Babcock

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"I thought their shot clock was screwed up. When we hit the net it's supposed to count (as a shot), when they miss the net it's not supposed to count. We (won't) worry about that. The NHL can figure that out."

-Mike Babcock, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings on the Florida Panther's shot clock.  More on the Wings and their pnealty kill problems from Ansar Khan of Mlive.

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The Florida Panthers Need To Start Winning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Florida Panthers, to me, anyway, began the post All-Star schedule as the only Eastern Conference team currently on the outside of the playoffs looking in with any chance of making it into the postseason. I still feel that way, but the Panthers wasted a chance right off the hop Tuesday night, rallying from a 5-2 deficit but still losing 5-4 to the visiting Detroit Red Wings despite outshooting them 41-27.

I say "wasted a chance" because the Washington Capitals dropped their fourth straight game (0-3-1), this time a 4-3 road decision to the injury-riddled Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Panthers still have two games in hand on the suddenly struggling Caps, but they have to make them count. They remain seven points back of the Caps for a wild-card spot, when they could have cut into that lead with a win Tuesday night. Yes, the Panthers have three games in hand on Boston as well -- the Bruins are also seven points up and holding the other wild-card spot -- but I think the Bruins are going to take off now and aren't a realistic target for Florida. I still think the Panthers have a shot, but they've got to get on a roll very soon.

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Morning Line- Kevin McGran

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Some fans might yearn for the days of a strong coach, a Mike Keenan-type, or a John Tortorella-type, a guy that got attention by cracking the whip. There isn't a coach like them in the NHL these days. And if there were, his time would be short.

-Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star on today's coaches.  Read more on this interesting topic.

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Who Wants To Be Ken Holland?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Chris Nichols of Nichols On Hockey,

Sabres GM Tim Murray was on Buffalo’s WGR 550 on Wednesday morning.

On how he has a dream job and if he’s having fun listening to trades:

“No. It’s no fun. I would love to be... who? I would love to be Kenny Holland. 23, 22 years making the playoffs. Not having GMs call you about available players because there’s nobody available. And the only trade you have to make, each and every year around the deadline, is to add a veteran guy to play on your third line or whatever that you feel could put you over the top, and that may be a second round pick. If it’s a second line player, maybe a first round pick. And you know you don’t even mind giving up a first round pick because you have that type of team. That would be fun, to me.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Jaroslav Halak stopped 40 shots – and was 10 seconds away from posting his fifth shutout of the season – as the Islanders improved to 3-0-0 against the Rangers and 16-2-0 versus Metropolitan Division opponents in 2014-15.
* The Islanders (32-14-1, 65 points) moved past the Lightning (30-15-4, 64 points) – who lost in regulation at Carolina – into top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings (28-11-9, 65 points) also have 65 points but the Islanders have one game in hand.
* The Islanders’ 32 wins through 47 games equal a franchise record set in 1978-79 (32-6-9). Their 17 home wins in 21 games at Nassau Coliseum also match a club record set in 1978-79 (17-0-4); twenty of their remaining 35 games are at the Coliseum.
* Halak, who played in his first career NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, improved to 26-9-0 in 35 appearances this season. He also stopped 40 shots in a 6-3 win over the Rangers on Oct. 14.

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