Commander Clueless Posted January 14, 2014 Share Posted January 14, 2014 (edited) It's that time of year again! The wonderful time of year where Leafs fans question their own existence. Where we can all tightly hug our Mats Sundin bobbleheads, sobbing softly, and then make ourselves feel better by putting a tiny Vancouver jersey on it and setting it on fire. The time of year where we ask the important questions, like was it our fault that Curtis Joseph left us? What is Tie Domi's head really made of? And whatever happened to Aki Berg? In what I'm sure is a total shock to the hockey world, the Leafs are struggling at the just past halfway point of the season. They are comfortably sitting just outside the playoffs currently with a ROW tie breaker stat that, when looked at, closely resembles Miley Cyrus on a wrecking ball: scary, to say the least. Also, it invokes a sudden desire to eat a sandwich. But my own personal insanity aside, the Leafs are not having fun times right now. They get pinned on their own zone and are forced to ice it on a regular basis, seemingly leaving the whole exit strategy to their slicker skating defenseman without any support, while their forwards wait for the long bomb pass. They are hitting, but they are not effectively taking bodies out and letting other teams run rampant around them. Their defense corps needs help, or some further development from some high potential youngsters. Secondary scoring has dried up significantly. In fact, the only true bright spots right now are the JVR-Bozak-Kessel line on the offensive side of the puck, the usually solid goaltending, and their decent ability to win shootouts after blowing leads. Now I think the mobs of fans calling for Randy Carlyle's head are being ridiculous. I'm not Randy's biggest fan by any means, but the team is not playing the typical "Carlyle hockey" right now. They lack intensity and are playing a system that resembles the system I typically use in EA Sports NHL games. Just a rough patch, or has he lost the room already? You decide! What could the issue be? Honestly, it's a tough call right now to say where they will end up with quite a bit of hockey left to be played. From the looks of things at this point, they are shooting for the "didn't make the playoffs, but also got a mediocre pick" area once again. Thoughts? Questions? Scathing remarks? I'd love to hear what you crazy people here think of everyone's favourite, second favourite, or closet favourite team! ...except you, Franklin. Nobody cares what you think. Edited January 14, 2014 by Commander Clueless Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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