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#2
Quote from: Zee on May 17, 2024, 04:34:30 PMAh yes, Shanahan's "exhaustive search" that interviewed 2 people and hired the guy everyone predicted for a couple of months

They also spoke to Gallant and others. They just managed to keep it mostly quiet.
#3
Quote from: Joe on May 17, 2024, 09:58:46 AM
Quote from: bustaheims on May 17, 2024, 09:31:08 AMUnder his watch, Carolina has been one of the - if not the - strongest defensive and puck possession teams in the league. They've had the personnel to help with that, but his systems absolutely played a part in maximizing that. If he could instill enough of that into the Leafs, with the offensive talent they have, that could be enough to get them over the hump.

That would be fantastic. But personally, I'm not entirely sure he leaves Carolina or that the leafs are willing to wait until his contract expires.

I'm not either. Just giving my perspective on why he could be an upgrade.
#4
Quote from: Joe on May 17, 2024, 09:07:00 AMMy understanding is that he's under contract until July 1st.

Can someone explain to me how he's a significant upgrade over Keefe? Other than 'it's a new voice'.

If all we seem to care about is playoffs, his teams were twice eliminated by the same teams that eliminated the Leafs, going 0-8 in those games. I'm not saying that's all on him, or on him at all, but it just doesn't seem all that... impressive.

Under his watch, Carolina has been one of the - if not the - strongest defensive and puck possession teams in the league. They've had the personnel to help with that, but his systems absolutely played a part in maximizing that. If he could instill enough of that into the Leafs, with the offensive talent they have, that could be enough to get them over the hump.
#5
Quote from: RedLeaf on May 17, 2024, 09:18:31 AMIt's great to find a coach who's won 1 cup, but that doesn't mean he's ever gonna win another one. The only new coach I'd get excited about would be a perennial cup winner. Don't see any of those in line for an interview for the Leafs coaching job.

The only coach who has won the Cup with more than one organization since the end of the Original 6 era is Scotty Bowman. Overall, only 3 coaches have ever done it. So, history tells us that maybe it's not so great to find a coach who has won a Cup.

I'm more apt to find a coach who has gotten close but hasn't won over one that has. To me, that's part of the appeal with Brind'Amour - he's come close, but hasn't gotten there. Is that because of his tactics or is it because of the players he's had to work with? Until he gets time with a very different group, we'll probably never know. Moving to a new organization could be the jolt he needs to refine his approach or could give him the roster he needs for his approach to be fully realized.
#6
Quote from: Dappleganger on May 16, 2024, 01:41:02 PMI will say this, the problem with the Leafs these past 8 years has been playoff scoring? So, to remedy this problem they're going to get rid of the player that has the most playoff points the last 8 years?

It's pretty funny on the face of it.

I posted this a little while back, but more than half of Marner's playoff points came from 3 series. The rest of his playoffs have been similar to what we saw this time around. They're the only 3 series he's put up more than 4 points in. The total point thing, while absolutely true, is not a good representation of his actual playoff efforts.

I'm also not in the camp of getting rid of him for the sake of getting rid of him. That's almost always a mistake. But, the team needs a shakeup, and he does feel like the most logical significant piece to move.
#7
Quote from: Frank E on May 15, 2024, 05:55:12 PMI like the idea of getting some cheap bluey chip prospects that are already contributing, with a solid goalie, and looking at 24-25 as a reset of sorts? 

And if it all goes well, load up a little at the deadline, and if not, offload. 

And another thing...I'm not sold with Rielly as your horse on the blueline.

And another thing...if Bert and Domi want to come back, are we good with that?

Domi showed some strong chemistry with Matthews. I'd like to have him back.

The Bertuzzi that showed up for the last couple months of the season? I'd have him back in a heartbeat. The full package? I'd be open to it, if he's willing to sign for less than he earned this past season. He fit pretty well with Matthews and Domi in the end. If he goes, though, what did provide shouldn't be that difficult to replace.
#8
Quote from: Zee on May 15, 2024, 11:24:34 AM
Quote from: herman on May 15, 2024, 10:18:13 AMBerube met with the Jets yesterday after two days of meetings with the Leafs over the weekend. Friedman, on today's 32T pod, believes Berube is the front runner for Toronto.

He met with the Jets on a Zoom call, not exactly over the moon for that job I guess

Jets are mostly doing their due diligence before handing the job to Arniel.
#9
Yeah. As much as freeing up the cap space would be good, unless a team comes along with a strong offer for him, there's not enough benefit to moving him.
#10
Quote from: CarltonTheBear on May 15, 2024, 07:48:38 AM
Quote from: bustaheims on May 15, 2024, 06:48:07 AMDoesn't really matter if Kyle has given his blessing or not. Gary hasn't given his.

I mean even if Gary gives his I'd still pass on him.

I would, too, but, until then, it's all moot and his name shouldn't be on any serious lists. No sense in giving any consideration to a guy who can't actually take the job.
#11
Doesn't really matter if Kyle has given his blessing or not. Gary hasn't given his.
#12
Quote from: herman on May 14, 2024, 10:29:11 AMQ is a non-starter considering his role in enabling the perpetration of sexual assault (twice!). There's no way an organization like MLSE with so many fingers in corporate sponsorships and a huge staff would say this is the right place for someone to work on a second chance. If Kyle Beach publicly absolves Quennville of wrongdoing, perhaps there is a conversation to be had with the NHL, but he's had plenty of time to do that if he felt it was right.

This isn't a matter of Q doing his time with a little suspension for a faux-pas and letting that get swept under the rug once no one is talking about it (again).

He's not eligible to coach in the NHL. He needs to be scratched off everyone's lists. Permanently.
#13
Quote from: Joe on May 14, 2024, 09:26:11 AMSure. That's fair. But still, I'm not sure how you look at his record and Keefe and say 'ok this is an improvement'.

And for the record, I don't put that much stock in coaching. I really don't think a new coach is going to make a dramatic difference to this roster, as constructed at the moment.

I'm with you, and, on the surface, he doesn't look like an improvement. This group needs a new voice, and maybe he's the right one, regardless of his previous coaching records. Is that McLellan? I don't know, but his most recent work in LA - taking a not super impressive lineup and turning them into solid playoff contenders - is reasonably encouraging. He wouldn't be my top choice, for sure, but it's entirely possible he's the right guy to guide this particular group.
#14
Quote from: Joe on May 14, 2024, 08:50:09 AMI don't know how you fire Keefe and then say McLellan is the better choice?

Not that I put this all on a coach, but the guy who missed the playoffs twice with McDavid?

McDavid for half a season as a rookie and another year with garbage goaltending. Not sure I'd put much of that on McLellan. Not saying he's necessary the best choice, I just don't really look at his failures in Edmonton being on his coaching. He had some pretty miserable rosters to start with and young guys who hadn't quite hit their strides yet.
#15
Quote from: Highlander on May 13, 2024, 12:17:44 PMLooks like Todd McLellan is flying to T.O. If they hire him I am will be pissed. Lets get either Quenville or Gallant and start from there.  Not a Berube fan at all. 

Quenville is not eligible to coach in the NHL. Scratch him off every list.