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Randy Carlyle said ‘mind-boggling’ a lot in today’s conference call

May 8, 2014, 4:37 PM EDT


Anyway, we told you the Maple Leafs’ decision to keep coach Randy Carlyle would be a controversial one. Not sure how Toronto hockey fans feel that, apparently, Carlyle still can’t wrap his head around his team’s collapse, but hey, there’s still a few months before training camp, right? Plenty of time to go over the video.

If you’re wondering, the Winnipeg game that boggled Carlyle’s mind was on Apr. 5, when the Leafs were absolutely dominated on home ice, losing 4-2 to the Jets in a game Toronto desperately needed to win against a team that had already been eliminated from postseason contention.

  1. michemai - May 8, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    As a habs fan this makes me happy, but I do feel bad for leafs fans having to put up with this.

    • kaptaanamerica - May 8, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      Leafs suck:

  2. cheeseheadbybirth - May 8, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    This article was mind-boggling, simply mind-boggling.

  3. 19to77 - May 8, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    More mind-boggling still was this walking fossil getting a contract extension.

  4. inhokewetrust - May 8, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    The MLSE motto

  5. muckleflugga - May 8, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    too many passengers on the leafs bench … free ride over, shanahan’s in town … arm carlyle with a few less over-rated clowns like dion phaneuf and more joffrey lupuls, the rest will come around

    leafs need a captain, start there

  6. vipod4ever - May 8, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    1917 to 1967 = 13 Stanley Cups
    1968 to 2014 = 0 Stanley Cups

    You know the word, starts with an “M”

  7. garybrian2014 - May 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Time to shift some of the dead weight out of town, since Carlyle isn’t. Going anywhere!

  8. mistercue62 - May 12, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    The ONLY reason that a head coach like Randy Carlyle gets an extension after having lost the confidence of much of the dressing room, preaches a “defense -first” game yet fails to coach the defense out of a slump litterally littered with defensive breakdowns & refers to a consecutive season collapse (the annual collapse the previous season was well underway with the “squeak-in” playoff appearance rescued by the 45 game schedule) and ultimately refers in retrospect to BOTH season’s ultimate demise as “mind-boggling” is pretty simple: Shanahan couldn’t find anyone better; a sad state-of-affairs indeed!

    What I continue to find genuinely “mind-boggling” is that no-one in the media or throughout the Maple Leafs’ expansive & (normally) pretty saavy fan-base holds James Reimer accountable for the failure of this team to succeed! I’m not suggesting for a moment that Reimer is the only culprit in terms of the catastrophic collapse(s), but I don’t understand for the life of me why his flagrant shortcomings and individual failures are essentially left out COMPLETELY from any discussion of “what happened” or “why the Leafs continue to fail”. I’m regularly amazed how time after time, broadcast after broadcast and article after article James Reimer is insulated from accountability and his name continues to be all but totally absent from the seemingly endless list of players borh criticized and/or specifically blamed for the team’s failures.

    How is this even possible? I cringe with disgust when I think of how many games & critical points were literally thrown away by the idiot Carlyle’s decision to start Reimer over Bernier (the “Reimer Saturday Nights” in .particular) often well after the latter had already clearly demonstrated his vast superiority & #1 status. Just a few of those eminantly avoidable losses are reversed with the presence of Bernier between the pipes and Toronto is in the playoffs, plain & simple. While it is almost universally understood that the weaknesses of this team were masked to a large degree by the stellar play of Jonathan Bernier (so inundated with shots on a nightly basis making highlight-reel save upon save eventually ripping his groin), it must therefore have been obvious to Leafs management that Bernier was the go-to guy long before it was evident to the fans. Yet the buffoon Carlyle inexplicably continued to start the vastly inferior Reimer and far more often than a normal back-up would traditionally be utilized; either stubbornly refusing to abandon the (by then) obviously ludicrous notion of a 1A & 1B “tandem” or in a misguided attempt to showcase James Reimer as a potential blue-chip trade prospect (personally, I suspect the former to be the case). Either way, the experiment had long since proven to be a colossal failure by December, yet the undaunted, stubborn idiot, Carlyle continued to casually throw away points, humiliatingly so on HNIC, in the kind of cavalier manner that has spelled the demise of a cocophony of coaches throughout league history; yet in Toronto, he gets rewarded for his ineptitude with a 2-year extension?


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