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05-03-2013, 07:08 PM
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I have my beliefs as to why Carlyle dresses the players he does especially on D where it's more about brawn and playing safe this year which has got to the point it's taken flow away from transitioning into playing offense effectively as five men units. The lack of smarts, skill & speed on the point is also a reason why they don't cycle effectively, the cycle isn't just the 3 forwards who are involved, The D men play a vital role in it and they play way too safe in order to sustain the cycle .

It wont be popular around here but I believe this "SAFE & BRAUN" D core Carlyle has in place defensively is do to not believing in his goalies that they need to be protected more than one likes, that's why Nonis was knocking on the door for a goalie not so long ago.

Yes they get out shot but like many others have said most of those shots are perimeter shots and that's the effect of the brawn on the blue line.

The issue that has crept into the Leafs game now for some time is that this "BRAUN HEAVY" blue line is effecting the offensive flow of the teams game and Boston feasted on it in game 1.

The adjustment is clear for Carlyle but does he trust Reimer enough to do it? Reimer has been great since the trade deadline but those goals he gave up leaking through Reimer is the concern in why they play so safe in the first place with the strategy defensively to not chase, keep everything on the out side, block shots and collapse to protect the goalies from facing shots from the slot. We shall see but if both Gardiner and Liles don't dress next game it's clear to me anyway the coaching staff isn't sold on Reimer.

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