So, in case you hadn’t heard yet, the Leafs lost 9-2 to the Nashville Predators last night. This is after getting stomped on by the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Things were pretty grim in Leafs Nation today, with near everyone calling for heads to roll (or, at the very least, fired).
In my opinion, it’s not the right time to make rash decisions.
Yes, you could have fire Carlyle today, but does that mean that the last two losses were on him? Because they weren’t. The Leafs are an average NHL team, but not in the sense that they play average hockey every average day. The Leafs should finish with an average record, but they’ll play some hugely impressive and downright terrible hockey along the way. This team is prone to massive failures, from top to bottom. I don’t think it’s fair to pin all that on Carlyle after two games, but talk to me again if the team loses in similar fashion to Tampa Bay tomorrow night.
You could also make a trade, but who honestly believes there’s real value in that? Unless we’re talking about a once-in-a-blue-moon mid-season Dion Phaneuf-for-scraps kind of trade, the Leafs won’t dramatically improve. They’ll just move Some Player A for Some Player B and carry on being average.
And really, who specifically are we talking about trading? As bad as they are, I almost like this Leafs roster, save for a few guys who drag others down and are signed to immovable contracts. So what? Trade Nazem Kadri for someone who won’t be nearly as good and call it a shake up? No thanks.
I realize I’m giving you a bunch of non-answers. I don’t expect the Leafs to do nothing about this skid, but I do expect them to take their time and do expect that every action is well thought out and deliberate. I’m open to talking about a coaching change if only to improve the working environment under which the Leafs can suck. I’m willing to wait and see if the additions of Joffrey Lupul and David Booth are enough to improve the lineup before making a deal.
You heard what I had to say, but I’m a big dummy.
The Leafs have lost two in a row, which in and of itself isn’t all that big a deal. But they lost those games in such poor fashion that something has to change. So, what do you do? Is it time for a coaching change? Do the Leafs need to make moves to improve their current roster? Are we actually at a point where we need to discuss dismantling the core?
These questions are big, and they make my head hurt. Please tell me how to feel in the comments below.