After a disaster of a season, Media seems to blame the player's, and most fan's blame the coach, and the GM.
Let's compare last years team to this years. Last year, we had speed,scoring,goaltending,hitting,defence,and grit. This year we were missing almost all of that. We were too soft,gave up too many turnovers, had no hustle,no grit,no leadership, and could not defend. Phaneuf does not deserve to wear the C. Who does then? Nobody in that dressing room really. We need someone that will go out,stand up for his teammates,get emotional,be vocal, and lead by example, and not shy away from hits,or confrontation. It's really hard to say what needs to be done, but change is needed. We need grit, we need men that can score and have a take no prisoners attitude, and most of all, be proud and play hard. Carlyle ran out Clark Macarthur, and Mikhail Grabovski. 2 players that had heart,grit, and skill.Although they're stats weren't that great last year, they were a bur in the sides of opponents they played. Leo Komarov left, but now want's back as he realized what it meant to play as a leaf. For the right money, he would be an asset as he can score, but was a pest to opponents. He hit everyone in sight,he was fast, and would draw penalties. With kadri on a 2nd line, and Komarov on the 3rd, their is 2 players to draw penalties against rival teams as they are pesty players. Now, let's hope Reimer doesn't get run out the way Big Mac and Grabs did. Reimer led us to the promise land last year, only to be pelted by the Bruins because our defense had a meltdown. He is a great goalie that needs to have his confidence restored, and deserves more starts and faith. Carlyle and Nonis ruined his confidence by bringing Bernier in. Now, I think Bernier is great too, but think of how Reimer felt. he was great, and then he's tossed aside as a backup? I dont think he had enough starts,and should have had more chances then what the coach gave him. So all in all, these are my opinions from what I witnessed, and the Leafs better start looking at trades,draft's and call ups to get this team on the right track.