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Video: Questioning Toronto’s offseason moves

May 17, 2014, 10:19 AM EDT

Brendan Shanahan; AP

It’s never dull in Toronto and already this offseason for the Maple Leafs has proved that.

With Brendan Shanahan being brought in as the President of Hockey Operations to work with General Manager Dave Nonis, many fans thought this was a move that would lead to coach Randy Carlyle being sent packing.

Instead, Carlyle is sticking around and earned a two-year contract extension out of it and his assistant coaches were fired. Was that the right move? Anson Carter and Don LaGreca discuss it.

  1. smarshall3789 - May 17, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    They will fire him next season and go hard for Babcock! Which will make me sad I’m a wings fan and I’d like to think Illitch and holland will stop at nothing to keep him, but Toronto is hockey capital and highly intriguing!

    • 19to77 - May 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      I seriously doubt any team is actually going to bet the farm on convincing Babcock to leave Detroit. For one, there are other great coaches still on the market right now – Trotz being the biggest name at the moment – and for two, Detroit’s core personnel just do not abandon ship. The loyalty in that organization is ridiculous. They’ll retain Babcock for sure.

  2. garybrian2014 - May 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    It’s not the coach that gave up all those shots on the goalies last year. How about bringing in some players who can actually play two-way hockey!

    • 19to77 - May 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      It IS the coach who refuses to properly use the ones that he has. Carlyle’s misuse of Grabovski directly lead to him leaving Toronto, and he was one of the few bright sides to Washington’s abysmal season this year. Now Kulemin is probably being shown the door too. Those are the best two-way forwards they had. You have to pin inability to use players correctly on the coach.

      • leafsilluminati - May 18, 2014 at 7:47 AM

        LOL did you actually call grabovski a two way forward? He played like a goof with the leafsm i liked him but all he did even under wilson was fly up the ice and lose the puck and had no chemistry with anynody on the team besides the anti social kulemin. Theres a reason he was bought out as he wasnt worth the trouble and was a known locker room cancer(his exit interview was proof) and i wonder why he wont be back in washington. Kule is a solid forward for sure but the leafs arent showing him the door, he wants to test free agency and have a bigger role. Kule isnt getting more than 3 mill in toronto.

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