Damien Cox of the Toronto Star predicts the Toronto Maple Leafs will finally make a decision on the future of head coach Randy Carlyle as the front office meets in Las Vegas for their annual amateur scouting meetings this week. Let’s hope Cox is correct so we can get this issue resolved one way or another and move on.
Wayne Gretzky seems to be interested in joining the ever-growing list of former players taking front-office roles with NHL teams. Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports there is “mutual interest” between Gretzky and the Washington Capitals for No. 99 to become the team’s president. According to The Fourth Period, the Leafs tried to woo Gretzky to take the same role in their organization, but couldn’t agree to terms on a contract. The Leafs then hired Brendan Shanahan.
Almost a month since the Leafs’ season ended, Bower Power of Pension Plan Puppets has a great summary of the 2013-14 season. In short, the Leafs had some serious puck-possession issues, were unable to fix them and nobody in the front office seems to have a clue what’s going on. The good news? At least Shanahan doesn’t appear to be totally incompetent.
The Toronto Marlies learned who their second-round opponent will be in the Calder Cup playoffs yesterday: the Chicago Wolves. That best-of-seven series begins in the Windy City on Friday. Kyle Cicerella writes that despite the absences of Peter Holland and Spencer Abbott to injuries, the Marlies were able to get contributions from up and down their lineup in their first-round sweep of the Milwaukee Admirals.
Jared Crozier of SenShot runs through nine potential offseason buyout candidates from around the league. If a player like Mike Richards or Vincent Lecavalier enter the free-agent market, should the Leafs opt to sign one to potentially fill a hole at centre?