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03-12-2013, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Stephen View Post
The Kostka, Fraser and Holzer experiment on defenseis nothing more than Randy Carlyle's way of putting his own stamp on the Leafs. To him, it probably represents some kind of meritocracy because those guys earned it somewhere along the way, which contrasts with Komisarek and Liles, who are overpaid and underachieving veterans, or Jake Gardiner, who is a skilled young player who probably doesn't know the value of hard work or some such nonsense.

In the short term, this all paid off. While the eye test told us that Kostka didn't deserve his Raymond Bourque minutes, that Fraser's +/- masked his horrible footspeed and propensity for being hemmed in and that Holzer shouldn't be a full time Leaf, the Leafs kept winning, so it was all good.

But the fact that he's not changing the roster at all after a lot of cracks have appeared in their game only breeds complacency in Holzer, Fraser and Kostka. Why was Holzer even given the job security of a two year extension midseason when he hasn't even been playing well? Why doesn't Liles see any spot duty from time to time in games that require speed and skill? Why is Jake Gardiner in the minors in an apparent numbers game when you're afraid to lose minor league defensemen?

None of this **** makes any sense. The experiment is over, Randy. You wanted to come in and show the market how smart and clever you can be by winning with names nobody's heard of. We know who they are now, we aren't impressed and your losses are starting to pile up. Now get real and start taking a long look at the garbage you're putting on the ice every night. This garbage keeps up, you're not going to be here very long.

Not only that. Why do you keep the same line ups on the first two lines? . Bozak needs to be taken out from 1st line.

Phenuef has been terrible lately, he's been playing bad but tonight was very bad

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