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03-05-2012, 12:39 PM
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Carlyle's structure?

I keep hearing about how Carlyle will want to change the way the leafs play, and the leafs beat guys on twitter keep giving out little tidbits, but, having never been much of a systems guy, I don't really know what will change.

Could anyone give me a systems-oriented hand at understanding how carlyle will change things? I mean in more depth than saying "we'll play better defense, less run-and-gun, etc."

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Sorry to sound like a ***** but....

Not that many people would know how Carlyle's system is structured--it would be better if you asked the Anaheim board.
You could, additionally, look back at the playoff run the Ducks had when they won the cup if you have some time.

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Should we watch some games and see what changes or guess right now?

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One thing I am very pleasant to hear is that we are going to see a lot more players forchecking. I feel we have really lost that over the course of the season!

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Sorry to sound like a ***** but....

Not that many people would know how Carlyle's system is structured--it would be better if you asked the Anaheim board.
You could, additionally, look back at the playoff run the Ducks had when they won the cup if you have some time.
Yeah, good point. Like I said, I've never been much of a systems guy in the past, but its become, recently, something i'm more interested in. figured i'd ask.

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What cookie said.

That said, based on the first game only, I noticed a slightly stronger fore-check and the D didn't seem quite so eager to pinch.

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Yeah, good point. Like I said, I've never been much of a systems guy in the past, but its become, recently, something i'm more interested in. figured i'd ask.
I am very interested too and have been trying to collect little tidbits of info!! Appreciate the thread - woudl love to hear anything someone knows!

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This thread is undoubtedly the result of Mirtle's retweet about Carlyle's defensive zone clearing philosophy, so I'll repeat it here for anyone who missed it:

Carlyle's philosophy: When clearing the defensive zone, only use the boards when you absolutely have to.

A stark difference from Ron Wilson's system. Schenn and Komisarek will likely have the most adjusting to do. However, neither player is that great at clearing the zone so perhaps there's nowhere to go but up.

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Just watch the games. He is going to have certain people doing certain things, hockey is dynamic and so is Carlyles coaching. In the most layman's terms... Carlyle = Adaptive Strategist Wilson = One shoe fits all.

It's good for all in the organization.

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This thread is undoubtedly the result of Mirtle's retweet about Carlyle's defensive zone clearing philosophy, so I'll repeat it here for anyone who missed it:

Carlyle's philosophy: When clearing the defensive zone, only use the boards when you absolutely have to.

A stark difference from Ron Wilson's system. Schenn and Komisarek will likely have the most adjusting to do. However, neither player is that great at clearing the zone so perhaps there's nowhere to go but up.
Mirtle's tweet, among a few others. but good inference haha

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Honestly, you wont see any major systematic changes the remaining of this season.

You'll see more of a simplistic offensive approach, you'll see a change in conditioning and the Leafs skating better.

But its really hard for a coach to come in and change a system with only 18 games remaining.

The reason Carlyle was brought in for the rest of the season is to allow him to evaluate the pieces on this team, and allow him to decide as to which pieces are good for his system next season.

The complete overhaul wont be evident this season. You'll see differences, but they wont be significant as every player on this team has a different learning curve length.

Carlyle is going to preach chip and chase hockey, with a good cycle and good positioning defensively. You wont see much pinching from the Leafs defensive core, nor will we see the Leafs throw it up the boards aimlessly, as well as line matching and Carlyle riding hot lines all games. Those are the significant changes I expect to see over the next few weeks. But as for an actual structure to the system, I wouldnt expect to see it until next season.

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Honestly, you wont see any major systematic changes the remaining of this season.

You'll see more of a simplistic offensive approach, you'll see a change in conditioning and the Leafs skating better.

But its really hard for a coach to come in and change a system with only 18 games remaining.

The reason Carlyle was brought in for the rest of the season is to allow him to evaluate the pieces on this team, and allow him to decide as to which pieces are good for his system next season.

The complete overhaul wont be evident this season. You'll see differences, but they wont be significant as every player on this team has a different learning curve length.

Carlyle is going to preach chip and chase hockey, with a good cycle and good positioning defensively. You wont see much pinching from the Leafs defensive core, nor will we see the Leafs throw it up the boards aimlessly, as well as line matching and Carlyle riding hot lines all games. Those are the significant changes I expect to see over the next few weeks. But as for an actual structure to the system, I wouldnt expect to see it until next season.

You already did against Montreal? Even the players stated this post game. They were instructed to play a different system...Did you not see it? Seriously...These players are graduates/masters degree students of hockey and have played for many coaches and will play different systems on demand. Where are you coming from with comments like that?

What is left is fine tuning and tweaking.

I can't stand people like you who make statements like that, the same people that put all blame on the players and made excuses for Wilson.

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You already did against Montreal? Even the players stated this post game. They were instructed to play a different system...Did you not see it? Seriously...These players are graduates/masters degree students of hockey and have played for many coaches and will play different systems on demand. Where are you coming from with comments like that?

What is left is fine tuning and tweaking.

I can't stand people like you who make statements like that, the same people that put all blame on the players and made excuses for Wilson.
Pardon me?

I've played hockey my entire life, unlike yourself probably.

There is more to a system then a simplistic offensive approach, and moving the puck out of the defensive zone.

Yes, he's explained his system and the players are trying to take that approach.

But the fact is for the players to get an actual feel and full grasp of the system, it is going to take time.

So for you to sit here and say its "people like me" that make unedcuated statements and blame the players, is completely ignorant and uneducated on your part.

Did you watch the game? Because I certainly did. There was evidence of a new system, I'll give you that. But what I was expressing is that we will absolutely not see the full effects of Carlyles entire system until next season.

For you to suggest we've seen his full effectiveness of his system and only needing "tweaking" is just stupidity.

So quit pretending like you understand hockey because you've watched it all your life, or played "AA" hockey or simply play NHL12, because the entire reality of this post is that you're really clueless and its quite evident after what you've just posted.

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Experiment this year, expect a big push next year.

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Pardon me?

I've played hockey my entire life, unlike yourself probably.

There is more to a system then a simplistic offensive approach, and moving the puck out of the defensive zone.

Yes, he's explained his system and the players are trying to take that approach.

But the fact is for the players to get an actual feel and full grasp of the system, it is going to take time.

So for you to sit here and say its "people like me" that make unedcuated statements and blame the players, is completely ignorant and uneducated on your part.

Did you watch the game? Because I certainly did. There was evidence of a new system, I'll give you that. But what I was expressing is that we will absolutely not see the full effects of Carlyles entire system until next season.

For you to suggest we've seen his full effectiveness of his system and only needing "tweaking" is just stupidity.
Well said.

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I didn't say we have seen the full potential, regarding the effectiveness of Carlyle's system. I said there was tweaking to do but these guys are professional hockey players because they have studied full well and know the systems that are available to them.

When you said you won't see anything drastic for the rest of the season I took as though you were responding to/including the Wilson system which is in my opinon, out the window right now and being forgotten by the players. (good riddance)

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A Team will take on the personality of it's coach, this is what we are bound to notice more than a structural change, they are probably tweaks more than anything.

The biggest change I believe we will see is, it will give a new lease on life for some players that may have suffered from confidence issues under Wilson.

Komi's quotes say it all:

“The coach shows a little bit of belief in you and I think it goes a long way,”

“No one wants to make that (big) mistake,” Komisarek said. “And when someone else makes it, it’s the feeling ‘thank God it wasn’t me’. Which isn’t the right mentality.

“Now it’s a clean slate,” he said. “I know I can play. I’m just going out there and having more belief in my game. But (Saturday) was just one game.”

Lance Hornby: Komisarek was one of the most effective Leafs in the 3-1 win. He was a plus-one, with a couple of hits, directed traffic and had his third-most ice time since early January, 16 minutes and 35 seconds.

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I didn't say we have seen the full potential, regarding the effectiveness of Carlyle's system. I said there was tweaking to do but these guys are professional hockey players because they have studied full well and know the systems that are available to them.

When you said you won't see anything drastic for the rest of the season I took as though you were responding to/including the Wilson system which is in my opinon, out the window right now and being forgotten by the players. (good riddance)
Well when you suggest we only need "tweaking" to see Carlyles system, really suggests that we've seen his system.

In which case we absolutely have not.

You're going to see this young team still revert to some of the things Wilson has taught them.

Where I agree with you is the fact that Carlyle is going to tell this team to throw Wilsons system out the window, and that will be the "signficant" difference we see. Thats what I was getting at.

We will NOT see Caryles system fully executed and in place until next season, but we'll see this team working on it.

You're correct in the sense that these players are professionals and they're going to understand Carlyles system, theres no doubt about it, but they're humans and develop bad habits, and just habits in general. So for them to take a system they've been working on for years under Wilson, and have them throw it out the window is asking a lot...Its going to take time, longer than these last few games.

We will see a significant difference and we'll see Carlyles structure of a system and we'll notice the team taking that approach, but there will be some growing pains.

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Well when you suggest we only need "tweaking" to see Carlyles system, really suggests that we've seen his system.

In which case we absolutely have not.

You're going to see this young team still revert to some of the things Wilson has taught them.

Where I agree with you is the fact that Carlyle is going to tell this team to throw Wilsons system out the window, and that will be the "signficant" difference we see. Thats what I was getting at.

We will NOT see Caryles system fully executed and in place until next season, but we'll see this team working on it.

You're correct in the sense that these players are professionals and they're going to understand Carlyles system, theres no doubt about it, but they're humans and develop bad habits, and just habits in general. So for them to take a system they've been working on for years under Wilson, and have them throw it out the window is asking a lot...Its going to take time, longer than these last few games.
Fine lets leave it at, they will be playing a highly unpolished Carlyle system (which is probably leagues more efficient than Wilson's)

I can't argue that they will revert at times and need pulled back, but at least we have Carlyle who WILL tell them exactly what they did and how to correct it. He has a good beat on the game, he's smart and proven and that is why I wrote the fire Wilson hire Carlyle thread first, just moments after he was let go months ago.

I just want to add: There is a possibility that this team streaks because of the very confusion of systems above. They may find themselves unpredictable by opponents.

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Theremedial's comprehension skills are living up to his username.

Carlyle was hired Friday night and played Saturday without a full practice to prepare. If there was a new "system" in place that you saw on Saturday that I didn't, I think you were trying too hard to look. The team did look different, yes but that comes with having your legs and wanting to impress the new coach. Not a new system that "requires fine tweaking" only.

Chuck is absolutely bang-on here. 18 games is too small a sample to instill a new system. Look at the Caps as a prime example - Hunter came in well over 25 games ago and the players are still struggling with adjusting to his system. Carlyle will feed off the information Gordon and Cronin will provide to develop a base understanding of the current crop of players to figure out how best to push them in a playoff push AND to figure out who stays and who goes in the offseason.

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Theremedial's comprehension skills are living up to his username.

Carlyle was hired Friday night and played Saturday without a full practice to prepare. If there was a new "system" in place that you saw on Saturday that I didn't, I think you were trying too hard to look. The team did look different, yes but that comes with having your legs and wanting to impress the new coach. Not a new system that "requires fine tweaking" only.

Chuck is absolutely bang-on here. 18 games is too small a sample to instill a new system. Look at the Caps as a prime example - Hunter came in well over 25 games ago and the players are still struggling with adjusting to his system. Carlyle will feed off the information Gordon and Cronin will provide to develop a base understanding of the current crop of players to figure out how best to push them in a playoff push AND to figure out who stays and who goes in the offseason.
I agree 18 is too small a size to see how the team performs though what we should see is an improving trend with fewer defensive lapses as the team learns the system and corrects mistakes.

Also Boudreau is the counter example to Hunter.

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Theremedial's comprehension skills are living up to his username.

Carlyle was hired Friday night and played Saturday without a full practice to prepare. If there was a new "system" in place that you saw on Saturday that I didn't, I think you were trying too hard to look. The team did look different, yes but that comes with having your legs and wanting to impress the new coach. Not a new system that "requires fine tweaking" only.

Chuck is absolutely bang-on here. 18 games is too small a sample to instill a new system. Look at the Caps as a prime example - Hunter came in well over 25 games ago and the players are still struggling with adjusting to his system. Carlyle will feed off the information Gordon and Cronin will provide to develop a base understanding of the current crop of players to figure out how best to push them in a playoff push AND to figure out who stays and who goes in the offseason.
We'll see how they line up against Boston. I assure you they will be playing hockey vs. Boston come Tuesday and not some abortion carried out on ponds across Canada that Wilson would see them play.

Perhaps you don't remember the one game where Boston came in and completely played Toronto the RW way, and won, in Toronto and then back to Boston to play a tight game which they also won.

You're all entitled to your opinion but I believe you to be ignorant in this instance.

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Theremedial's comprehension skills are living up to his username.

Carlyle was hired Friday night and played Saturday without a full practice to prepare. If there was a new "system" in place that you saw on Saturday that I didn't, I think you were trying too hard to look. The team did look different, yes but that comes with having your legs and wanting to impress the new coach. Not a new system that "requires fine tweaking" only.

Chuck is absolutely bang-on here. 18 games is too small a sample to instill a new system. Look at the Caps as a prime example - Hunter came in well over 25 games ago and the players are still struggling with adjusting to his system. Carlyle will feed off the information Gordon and Cronin will provide to develop a base understanding of the current crop of players to figure out how best to push them in a playoff push AND to figure out who stays and who goes in the offseason.
Ya but that could just mean Hunter isn't a good enough coach or the right fit for Washington.

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Various hockey insiders and analysts have said that on the defensive end, expect less man-to-man and more of a zone coverage and perhaps some box +/and 1. If you want to know the specifics of how these work, you can Google them to get a general sense. As others have stated, the changes are a work-in-progress.

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