Kadri-Carlyle Will Not Work
It appears all but certain that Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis will have to make a decision before the National Hockey League trade deadline this year:
Nazem Kadri or Randy Carlyle.
Should Nonis choose Door No. 1 – to retain Kadri and continue his development – he’ll almost certainly have to find a new coach. If it’s Door No. 2, and Carlyle remains behind the Leafs bench beyond this season, Kadri will pack up and be out of town on or before Mar. 5.
There seems to be no other way.
Carlyle made it clear on the HBO 24/7 series that he and Kadri are at lager-heads. “He thinks he’s a number-one [center] but he isn’t,” scoffed the coach. “He has a rather inflated opinion of himself.”
After a punishing skate on Sunday – and in the wake of Saturday night’s calamity against New York Rangers – there was more.
“[Kadri] seems to be in a bit of a funk,” offered Carlyle in a early bid for personal understatement-of-the-year. “He seems to be standing still in a lot of situations. He’s falling down a lot… I’ve never seem him fall down on the ice when he’s got 100 per cent possession of the puck. [On Saturday], at the blue line, he finds a way to fall down. He’s surprised and we’re surprised that those types of things are happening to him.