Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
May 09 2014 03:00PM
I was going to go on a big long rant about how extending Randy Carlyle is awful yesterday, but I was busy playing my own blend of defensively lacking, systematically horrid, and utterly confusing hockey. To my defence, it was drop in with a bunch of people who just started learning how to play on ice, like myself. I still have the opportunity to go on this rant today, but instead, let me show you some numbers. We won't even use "advanced" stats. We'll keep it basic.
May 09 2014 12:29PM
In the 24 hours or so that have passed since news broke that the Leafs were not only retaining Randy Carlyle, but also giving him a two-year extension, there’s been a great deal of high-quality snark produced. A quick review:
- Known girlfriend-haver Cam Charron compared the situation to being caught without an umbrella.
- Toretto debuted with a very funny look at the bright side of the situation.
- Noted Leafs masochist DGB revived his “worst it’s ever been” series to assure us that, somehow, things have been worse.
- And, while it wasn’t new stuff, it’s really worth reviewing all of PPP’s Carlyle stuff in this handy retrospective.
And of course, there’s all that sweet, sweet Twitter snark.
What I’m yet to see, however, is a reasonable explanation for why we’re even having to go through this. I’ve racked my brain, not to try and defend the decision to keep Carlyle around but to at least understand the thought process behind it, and I’m stumped.
May 09 2014 09:55AM
Ok everybody, just breathe.
You've had some time to sleep on yesterday's big decision. It's not the end of the world, although it sure seemed that way on Twitter when news of Randy's non-firing and extension broke.
Overall, there was a lot of negativity surrounding Shanahan's first big decision, which was to keep the incumbent coach that lead the Leafs to one of the worst defensive performances in history. Sure, most of that negativity is completely 100 percent justified considering how the season played out, but everyone deserves a second chance in my opinion.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
May 08 2014 09:59PM
Here we go again. Many were expecting a close, hard fought series against the Milwaukee Admirals, including the team and staff themselves. But sure enough, the blue and white came out storming in the first two games and shut things down in the third, Ending up with a sweep and a long break. The team just wants to play some hockey now. But they have to do more than play if they want to beat the Chicago Wolves. They need to play with purpose.
May 08 2014 04:58PM
The Leafs extended my insanity for two years. Also Randy Carlyle.