The 2013-14 season is over for the Toronto Maple Leafs. There will be no playoffs for this team this time around.
Why did this happen?
The season started off so well. For most of the season, they were secure in a playoff spot and even as early as a few weeks ago, they were second in the Atlantic Division. Then the bottom fell out, or should I say “it was the equivalent of an 18-wheeler going off a cliff.”
Who is to blame?
Is it General Manager Dave Nonis? He, after all, didn’t make any moves at the Trade Deadline, despite glaring needs. You could also look at the contract given to David Clarkson as a mistake by Nonis.
Is it Head Coach Randy Carlyle? Nearing the end of the season, the reaction to Carlyle from fans has looked eerily similar to their reaction to Ron Wilson in his closing days as coach. Add in all the comments and he made to the media this season and he could definitely be a scapegoat.
Is it the players? They are the ones playing the game after all. There were several players that didn’t live up to expectations this season: James Reimer, Joffrey Lupul, Nazem Kadri for part of the season and of course, Clarkson.
Or does everyone share blame for this collapse?