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Toronto Maple Leafs Daily Poll: Who Is To Blame For The Leafs Collapse?

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?

Who Is To Blame For The Leafs Collapse?

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3 Comments on Toronto Maple Leafs Daily Poll: Who Is To Blame For The Leafs Collapse?

  1. timi says:

    Dion phaneuf is to blame

    • Tim Bayer says:

      I would hesitate to blame one person. This collapse really was a group effort. But I voted Carlyle. He wasn’t able to get this team to play competent hockey and the possession issues were apparent from Day One. Plus, it’s easier to fire the coach than all the players.

      • Scottie Smalls says:

        Dion gets part of it, b/c he didn’t do his job 90% of the time. He is the worst captain I’ve seen on this team in 10 years and one of the worst overall in the entire league. I don’t think a young Pat Quinn would have been able to completely turn this team around. They haven’t had real leadership since Doug Gilmour was captain. And yes Carlyle definitely has to go.

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