Most writers and pundits have already concluded that it's a given that Randy will not be coaching the Leafs next year. Some are wondering why he hasn't been fired yet.
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I don't get the passion about replacing Carlyle. This is a team that folded 3 years in a row with the same core of players.
Soon you're going to hear that Ron Wilson is conspiring with Randy to make the Leafs be lousy.
We need to analyze the pattern here and realize that it's more on the players than on the coach. These guys are just not confident and committed enough to play consistent defensive hockey.
My hope is that Nonis and Shanny go through every angle thoroughly. Hopefully, they make significant changes that make this a confident and resilient team that can bounce back after enduring setbacks.
The only way they can consider making a coaching change is if they get feedback that there simply is a disconnect between the coaches and the players. Hopefully the players will be honest during their exit meetings. If the important players get along with Randy and look up to him , then let Randy get a fresh start next year with some new better players that can play consistent defensive hockey. On the other hand, if they aren't successful in improving the team defensively, what makes you think that they will be better defensively under let's say - Barry Trotz?
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