Monday, October 29, 2012


NWHL--> National Womens Hockey League. Lets face it, women unjustly, are not given the same opportunities as men, especially when it comes to sports. Name me one female GM or manager in the 4 major North American Sports. Thats what i thought. If I had it my way, there would be a replica Womens NHL as a sister league to the NHL.

They would play the games in the same arena as their Brother league.  For example you have the NHL's TML, you would have the NWHL's Toronto (something lady like). The brother league wouldnt oppose the idea, in fact they would embrace it because of a rule that the NWHL has to follow: pay your brother league a portion of your profits and in turn they will help to keep you financially afloat, sorta like revenue sharing, but with your sister.

Where would the players come from? The various female leagues around. The most intriguing thing to come out from this idea would be that the league would be female run, from top to bottom, no men allowed. The commissioner would be female, so would the coaches, trainers, even the water girls. It would give women a strong voice in sports, something thats lacking dearly.

Would it work? Ask yourself this: What happens when you have a room full of women together? All hell will break lose (jk). It could work or it could be a disaster but all I know is that it will sure as hell be fun to watch.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Out of kool aid

Lets get one thing out of the way here. Im not a pessimist by any means but that being said i do believe i am a realist. How on earth are the leafs going to go anywhere next year without making a move? All the teams in the NE division have gotten bigger and stronger with the exception of the Sens and Leafs. Boston is Boston, MTL got bigger by adding prust and a couple other players,  Ottawa has skill that makes up for their size. Buffalo. Buffalo has owned us for how many years now? They are only going to play better against us now that they have added steve ott. leafs will roll out their first line and buffalo will counter with their 3rd line which includes ott. We have enough trouble scoring against miller and now it will only get harder. Frankly im sick and tired out hearing burke repeat the same BS time in and time: "we are not going to overpay" If your not going to overpay and then how in the f*** are you going get a bonafide 1st line Centre???!!?? Teams arent exactly lining up to trade these type of players to the leafs. As mentioned today on TSN 1050, Burke is like that kid that an elementary teacher temporarily leaves in charge for a couple of minutes. He tells the other kids to stop talking because its not allowed and the other kids just tell him to shut up. I dont see the leafs going anywhere this season, i predict a 14th place finish in the east. You cant get better by sitting still and waiting for the pieces to come to you. "we dont want to overpay?" Well im sure last year he grossly overpaid for Connolly (3yrs/9 mill) and the year b4 for armstrong. I hope that we dont make the playoffs one more year just so burke can lose his job and we can bring someone in here who can do a proper rebuild. Id rather wait another 5 years for a proper rebuild then pretend we are going somewhere next season. Im done sipping his kool-aid.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Mr. Coach

Hey! Haven't posted in a while and thought I'd take the time to post something new and refreshing for my 18 readers. It couldn't be better timing too as a whirlwind of events have avalanched regarding the Maple Leafs. Not counting today's win over Montreal, the leafs had a disastrous record in their last 10 games. Only 1 win in that span and it cost Ron Wilson his job. Any real hockey fan, not just a leafs fan would know that Ron Wilson was replaced with Randy Carlyle, a man much like Wilson who had a track record with Brian Burke, albeit a better one. And those are a few of the similarities between the two coaches. Lets Compare shall we?

Lets start with Ron Wilson. Anyone that knows me knows that I'm a stat shark. I love hockey statistics and I'm sure most hockey fans do. Ron Wilson Coaching Statistics*: GP 1401 W 648 L 561 T 101 OTL 91 Pts 1510** In 3 and a half seasons with the Leafs, Ron Wilson never finished higher than 4th in the Northeast division. Its not exactly a cakewalk division but at the same time it is far from the strongest division in the league. He missed the playoffs in all 3 seasons prior to this one and if he were to stay on as coach it's very likely (even today) that the leafs would miss the playoffs again. You can easily build a case for Ron. Oh he didn't have the proper players like he did in San Jose when he put up 108 points in a single season and won the presidents trophy as the leagues best team (statistically) numerous times. Excuses are excuses though. In all 3 and half years of Wilson's tenure as coach, the leafs had a terrible PK unit. PK is executed by by the players but the strategy is all planned out (or at least should be) by the coach. When it's not working its up to the coach to make the necessary changes to get the tires kicking again. Wilson failed to change on the PK and when he finally did at the beginning of January it a tale of too little too late. His experience in the league is unquestionable. How many people can say they have coached more than 1400 hundred games in the NHL? Not many, well i shouldn't say not many as you have Lindy Ruff, who has been coaching since... wait, what year did he start again? 1970?

Anyways in my words,"Wilson's experience was both an asset and a liability (i wrote an accounting exam today so you will have to forgive my accounting terminology). When you've been in the business as long as Ron has, you pick up a few tricks along the way but at the same time it can hurt you as you can fail to adapt to change. You can becoming egotistic, not listening to anyone else because they don't have the same level of experience as you do and your way is the only way and i think that's what happened to Ron Wilson. He got caught up in doing things his way and the players failed to response to him and stopped playing for him. When players stop playing for you, its a tell-tale sign that your are going to get the boot as a coach sooner or later. Ron was a good coach but he failed to meet expectations. Simple as that.

Randy Carlyle Coaching Statistics* GP 516 W 273 L 182 OTL 61 PTS 607 Randy Carlyle took over Ron Wilson's job as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday March 2, 2012. The moment news of Wilson being fired and Carlyle being hired sent Twitter into ablaze. Leafs fans were tweeting about the coaching change left and right and i was afraid that twitter might of actually crash and it chaotic! But you can't blame the most loyalist fans in the league for letting out a sigh of relief, fans who have suffered too much for too long but still show up every other game. Lets look at Carlyle's track record with Anaheim, the only team he had ever coach up until Friday.

He's only coached about half the number of games that Wilson has coach but he has managed to do more in that time. He has been to the playoffs in all but 6 (excluding this year, 2011-12 as he was fired at the beginning of the season) of the seasons as coach of the Mighty Ducks and now just Ducks due to a lawsuit by Disney over the "Mighty Ducks" name. That says a lot about a coach. Yeah he had the Getzlaf's and the Ryan's and the Perry's but now he has the Kessel's, the Lupul's and the Grabovski's. Randy Carlyle also has a Stanley Cup ring, which Wilson does not own. The ring was scored in the 2006-07 season with Burke at the helm as GM. So the GM-Coach relationship in Toronto is alive and well and that is a great thing to have.

 A similarity between Carlyle and Wilson is that they are both "no-non-sense" coaches but here's the kicker, which by the way was evident before Carlyle even step foot behind the Leafs bench, and further cemented in his 3-1 victory over the hooser Habs and that is that HE ACTUALLY TALKS TO THE PLAYERS! He talked to them in the hotel room and during the time outs his hands rather than being crossed were on the drawing board talking to the players. That makes a huge difference to the player because i don't care who you are, you need a coach to guide you, show you the way, and the execution is up to you. Carlyle  is a great coach with a great track record.

He has ring and know what it takes to win. It my opinion the leafs are not going to the make the playoffs, the hole they dug for themselves with their atrocious run of late has cost them a playoff spot. Smart move by Burke to bring in Carlyle now instead of at the beginning of the season. This way he can implement his system and get the Leafs into the playoffs next year. Here's hoping it works out with him and the Leafs but... Only time will tell.

** The numbers for Ron Wilson's total career points as a coach is correct on Wikipedia and not on How do i know? I calculated it my self (and people say Wikipedia is not reliable, pshh!)


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