Randy Carlyle threw more heat on the "Randy Carlyle is a moron" pyre when he admitted to the world the following:
If that's not the dumbest thing you've read all month, I suggest you read better material. If I hear one more person tell me that I need to "respect" Randy Carlyle because of his cup win, I'll be pointing to these Jenny McCarthy style pseudoscience comments that show no ability to make an informed decision. Randy Carlyle is one step away from putting pyramids under the benches.
Never mind improved detection rates - Carlyle is, in fact, scared of calling head injuries a "concussion" - helmets are the cause of (or exacerbating) brain injury. Never mind asking an informed source about the theory - it's easily debunked - but since it sounds good (like "Common Sense" to Carlyle), he'll roll with it.
Closer to the truth is that Randy Carlyle may be the best living proof that playing hockey without a helmet leads to impaired thought processes. Dr. Carlyle and Dr. Recchi should open a practice - as long as it's not the Leafs' practice. If this theory impacts Carlyle's handling of players and their return from injury, management should have him removed immediately (I mean, that's true for lots of reasons, but if he has ever circumvented or vetted Leafs doctors based on this theory, franchise assets are at risk).
As Leafs fans, we should be horrified that Carlyle basically admitted "I don't have any reason to believe this, but I like it so I do." It's pretty obvious that he brings the same "thought process" to the Leafs lineup, as he dresses useless fighters night in and night out, while scratching talent. Speaking of which, tonight Frattin is scratched, Colborne will center the fourth line, and Bozak will probably play 19+ minutes. Gardiner draws back in, but there are no points for finding the obvious.
Leafs play the Devils at 7PM tonight. Your links for this weekend:
Wild Optimism - The Copper & Blue
I was going to lead with this until Carlyle's comments blew me away. A must read, as the first graph is a great example why underlying numbers and shot differential matter - the Leafs are going to join a very exclusive club this year.
Haven't seen an update on Neal, but there's video of the hit here.
Evander Kane throws a brain incubator.
U15 cup with a bench clearing brawl.