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Carlyle to Colborne: Get on the bus…because the bus is leaving…and you want to be on that bus…it’s a good bus

Sep 19, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

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We already wrote last week about Joe Colborne‘s attempt to make the Toronto Maple Leafs and prove he belongs in the NHL. But upon further review, one thing that was missing from our analysis was a good bus analogy.

For that, let’s turn to Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle.

“The way this thing works is the bus only goes by so many times,” Carlyle said Thursday, per the National Post. “And you want to be on that bus. That was the way it was when I started and it’s the way it’s been for years.

“You’re only going to get so many opportunities and who knows when the last one is? I’m not saying that’s happening, but the bus is going by and it’s another opportunity so you want to be on it. That’s the simplest form that I can put it. If you want a ride downtown you get on the bus.”

Colborne, 23, is no longer exempt from waivers, so he’d need to clear them if the Leafs chose to send him back down to the AHL. (Which we suppose is a bit like getting on a bus, except you’re not sure where it’s going.)

Colborne should have a great chance to show his stuff tonight in Ottawa, as he’s expected to center wingers David Clarkson and James van Riemsdyk versus the Senators.

Here is a picture of a bus:


  1. gregman98 - Sep 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM


    Don’t think “bus” was the best choice of words by Carlyle, given that there was a deadly bus crash in Ontario yesterday:

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      Stretching a little far for things to vilify the Leafs with.

      It’s the middle of preseason… why would he be focused on transit mishaps in a city 6 hours away? It was a tragic accident, but trying to imply Carlyle’s a bad person for using the word “bus” is pathetic.

      Troll harder.

      • gregman98 - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        It’s national news, that’s why. How is making a comment trolling?

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:13 PM

        Because it’s such a stupid comment

    • cramshawbar - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      While it was a silly thing to bring up the accident in connection with Carlyle’s comment, calling gregman98 or anyone with an opinion or comment that differs from our own a troll, makes the accuser sound childish.
      And even if the comment was stupid (it wasn’t, it was just off), that does not make the person a troll.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        You must be new to Maple Leafs threads because this type of thing is way too common from people who do nothing but nit-pick anything and everything the Leafs do to get a rise. And yes… saying stupid things to get a rise out of people is by definition “trolling”.

  2. nananatman - Sep 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    You guys could have used a picture from a better bus or at least a better bus route.

  3. mpops86 - Sep 19, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    If Colborne weren’t big, would he even be a blip on the radar? Not at all.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      He was billed as the next Joe Thornton for years here in Boston.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      you could say the same thing about Chara.

  4. ikillchicken - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    As somebody who rides public transit regularly I can tell you: There’s no such thing as a “good” bus. There are terrible buses that reek of the overpowering stench of human fecal matter. And there are slightly less terrible buses which…also stink but just slightly less so.

    So actually, that’s a pretty good metaphor for the Leafs teams over the last decade.

  5. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    He did well at the end of last season and in the playoffs. I think a lot of people forget he’s been through a couple injuries, which can slow down a players development quite easily. He’s worked hard to get back into form.

    There’s still one roster spot that has yet to be filled. It’s down to Colborne, Mason Raymond and maybe a couple other. And with all the injuries that inevitably happen, Colborne should have more than enough ice time in the NHL. Even if it’s just on the 4th line.

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