LFR7 - Game 73 - Gate 5 of Hell - Tor 2, NJ 3

Steve Dangle
March 23 2014 10:30PM

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The Reimer talk gets worse and so do the Leafs' playoff hopes.


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Steve Dangle has a YouTube channel with over 3 million views and is the co-host of the Steve Dangle Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud. Steve has also worked for CBC, the NHL Network, Leafs TV, Nike, the KHL, and most of all, the Toronto Zoo. stevedangle.com
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#1 leafer2013
March 23 2014, 10:44PM
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I feel sorry for Carlyle having to deal with stupid fans and media questions. Tonight he said he won't answer any question on goaltending when asked of Reimer because the media creates a whirlwind. The guy goes out of his way to keep Reimer and the team positive and people keep trashing him and as bad the media trashes the players like Reimer.

Many leaf fans don't deserve the playoffs for how they treat the players and tea.

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#2 The Craig
March 23 2014, 11:21PM
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It's ok. Everyone just breathe. Drew is here to save the season.

Babcock is the best coach in the league, has been for some time, case in point: Red Wings. No Datsuyk. No Zetterberg. Tied with Leafs. With two games in hand. #FireCarlyle

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#3 Wetcoaster
March 23 2014, 11:50PM
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I'm pretty sure Canadian NHL teams are a leading cause of poor mental health in Canada

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#4 Tom B
March 24 2014, 02:29AM
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The start to that 2nd period is where hockey comes to die. Just bleh.

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#5 kesselkadri
March 24 2014, 06:59AM
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@The Craig

Babcock is the best coach by far. Even when Howard was injured and the Monster was in net that team never lost - not even once.

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#6 Jeremy Ian
March 24 2014, 07:12AM
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Optimistic? Sure, why not, Steve. What else are we going to be? I mean, what's the point about being a fan and a pessimist -- unless you are a masochist. Though, after so many years of being Leaf fan one does wonder about where this team draws its threshold of pain.

But being optimistic and naive are two different things.

Optimism: there are a lot of talented players on this team in many of the core positions, from the centerline to the net. You can't have a good team without good players. It's been a long time since the Leafs could boast this caliber.

Realism: you also can't have a good team if it's just a loose assembly of parts.

It is worth asking whether Carlyle is the right coach. I have my doubts, and if the 18-wheeler stays on course there's going to be a loud chorus of them.

The reason why people look for magic solutions -- Clarkson signing, the return of Bolland, the examples you cite -- is because the team feels a nudge or two away from being really good. Partly also because nudges are simple solutions to complex problems. Complex problems are....well....complicated. One conclusion I draw from this season already -- and this video only confirms it, Steve -- is that the Leafs' problems are complex. Gone are the illusions that the team is a player or two away from greatness.

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#7 Ryan Pike
March 24 2014, 09:06AM
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Steve's reactions feel familiar, as I'm sure many Flames fans felt them during the Mike Keenan era. And the Brent Sutter era.

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#8 FBK_Leaf
March 24 2014, 12:09PM
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Carlyle used Bernier too much, and when he got injured he threw in Reimer, cold and without confidence. What did he really expect was going to happen? And if Carlyle actually corrects the things that ARE correctable, and the guys get some confidence back i think we will still make the playoffs.

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#9 negrilcowboy
March 24 2014, 02:30PM
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watch the pathetic d zone coverage by both the dmen and forwards, i have seen better fundamentals executed by 12 yr old house league girls. diane phangoof is lost in his own zone, watch the guy he doesnt have a clue as to where to be. poor stick as well as body positioning, never where he should be.

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