Crawl Across the Ocean

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Not a CAtO Reader, Apparently

I see from the globe that Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn is blaming the team's woes on the salary cap,
"Here you have the teams with no [payroll] come along picking all the good ones [in the National Hockey League entry draft] because they finished out of the playoffs. Now they had cap money to go out and buy some good free agents.

We had a tough job to build on the group we had."

The column by Wharnsby is a good one (as these things go), and brings up Detroit as an example of a team with a high payroll which did fine despite the cap, but Detroit is not an isolated case. As I pointed out in this post, it is Toronto which is the outlier for suffering under the cap regime, not the other way around.

But maybe the team ownership reads my blog, as Quinn was fired today. Let the endless speculation on a replacement begin.


  • I'm rooting for Gerard Kennedy as new Leafs coach. Oh, wait, wrong leadership contest.

    By Blogger Tim, at 12:05 PM  

  • I think that the Leafs should hold out and wait for Donald Rumsfeld's availability.

    By Blogger Simon, at 12:36 PM  

  • We might put Kennedy on forward, if we have room for another left-winger.

    We don't want Rumsfeld coaching -the Leafs would be the only team in the league that would get hemmed in in the other team's end.

    Plus, if you thought Quinn was too stubborn to change a losing strategy, wait till you see Rummy insisting that the team only needs two forward lines and firing anyone who says different.

    By Blogger Declan, at 2:19 PM  

  • Sounded like Quinn was channeling Rummy toward the end when he was whining about salary caps. To paraphrase: You play with the team you have, not the team you want.

    By Blogger Tim, at 2:43 PM  

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