Toronto has won just three of 10 games since taskmaster Randy Carlyle took over as coach.
Their most recent losses include an 8-0 fiasco against the Bruins and a 5-2 loss at home to the stumbling Islanders. In that game Toronto mustered just 14 shots against the porous Islanders defense.
So what is going wrong? Toronto Sun columnist Steve Buffery had an idea:
Carlyle wants his teams to play a rough, tough, three-zone brand of hockey with an emphasis on defence. That’s great. But this Leafs team — guys like Tim Connolly, Tyler Bozak, Matthew Lombardi, Phil Kessel, etcetera — just aren’t wired to play that way. It’s like ballerinas being asked to brawl.
In other words, expect Maple Leafs coach Brian Burke to make additional changes this summer to give Carlyle a team he can actually coach.
And the merry-go-round will keep whirling.