January 10 2015 10:26AM
Whatever way you slice it, Randy Carlyle’s tenure in Toronto wasn’t spectacular by any means. Though Carlyle was behind the bench for parts of four seasons, he spent just 188 regular season games as the Leafs head coach, winning 91 of those contests. Carlyle was in Toronto for just one full season as the Leafs’ coach, to go along with a lockout shortened year, the end of one season and the first half of another. Three playoff wins was ultimately all he had to show for it. Even if you don't think his time was horrible, it really wasn't great.
But in that short period of time, Carlyle’s impact on the advancement of hockey analytics was massive, perhaps more than any other single individual’s contributions. No, seriously.
Randy Carlyle was the perfect villain that the analytics movement needed to gain legitimacy.
January 09 2015 08:33PM
Okay, so maybe the first game of the Peter Horacheck interim-era didn't go the way the Leafs would have liked it to. They out chanced and out shot Washington, but couldn't outscore them. Tonight was an opportunity to build on the positives and turn it all into something constructive, and, to the Leafs' credit, they did exactly that, earning a convincing 5-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
January 09 2015 11:59AM
With all the insanity surrounding the Leafs this week, a lot of us barely noticed that they've now slipped three points out of the playoffs, and to be honest, most probably don't care.
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January 09 2015 07:00AM
World Junior gold, Phil Kessel exchange with reporter, Leafs fire Carlyle, 5 coaching candidates, Todd Nelson needs to go, Flames at the halfway mark, catching up with former Canucks and more in this week's Roundup.
January 08 2015 02:54PM
Since all we can talk about is Phil Kessel, let's talk about Phil Kessel...