November 16, 2007 @ 09:52
You know how the saying goes, you can't fire 23 players, and that's why I think its time the Toronto Maple Leafs take a long hard look at the coaching methods of Paul Maurice.
If you saw last nights game in Boston you saw a disorganized team in total disarray.
There seems to be no rhyme or reason to what they do and their system for moving the puck out of their own end is almost funny. The Leafs aren't very good, but they're certainly not this bad.
After the game it's the same old thing, Maurice defends his team and points to bright spots that escape the rest of us, and then he blames the players for things that eventually have to fall onto the shoulders of the coach.
This is basically the same team as the Leafs had last year and the years before, but it's decidedly worse than it was two years ago. From my perspective, the one glaring problem is the consistency of their inconsistency.
From game to game, shift to shift you have no idea what you're going to get and the root of this problem is tied to discipline. The Maple Leafs are terribly undisciplined as a team and that has to be hung on Maurice.
I realize that Paul Maurice has no control over those soft goals that have gone between Andrew Raycroft's legs during the past couple of games, and he didn't give the puck away on the blue line against Montreal on Tuesday night, but seven victories in the first twenty games is something he can't escape.
This franchise has never been in a better position to enter a new era but it's not going to happen because of a laughable structure from the top down.
The general manager isn't very good and the coach apparently isn't very good, but they were hired by an ownership group that isn't very good.
The Leafs should take this time in their history to blow up the franchise and start again, but they don't have anyone qualified to take on the project.