Well folks, it hasn’t been a success yet, has it?
The Toronto Maple Leafs have only won one of three games in the new Randy Carlyle era, that win coming against the last-place Montreal Canadiens. It also rained yesterday in Toronto, which is fitting considering the probable mood of Leaf Nation right now.
Leaf fans have two choices right now: either slip back into the depressive coma that’s been haunting this franchise for over 40 years, or try to look at the positives.
Frankly, both choices are completely understandable, but since utter doom and gloom won’t sell Internet advertisements let’s keep it sunny, shall we?
Over the last three games, we’ve seen many of the same bone-headed decisions and shaky goal-tending that got the Leafs in their current position. We’ve also seen more fighting and gritty play, as well as some decent spurts of goal-tending.
It’s become very clear that Ron Wilson and Randy Carlyle have very different coaching styles. The players will need some time to adapt to the new system.
Here are five players who will not merely adapt, but will thrive under Carlyle.