7. Carlyle isn’t the type of coach that spends a lot of time in the dressing room, feeling that space belongs to the players. “Some coaches like to control the room as well as everything else,” said goalie J-S Giguere during his days between the pipes with the Carlyle-coached Ducks. “We’re pretty much being told what to do, whether it’s on the ice or at the hotel or stuff like that. But the room is ours. We have enough leadership in the dressing room that we don’t need to have the coach overseeing it.” With Carlyle keeping his nose out of the room, it will be time for Leaf leaders like captain Dion Phaneuf to step up.
"10. If first impressions are any indicator, Carlyle made a good one in his introduction as Maple Leafs coach on Saturday when he said he made a “mistake” by not using Joffrey Lupul as left winger on one of the team’s first two lines when both men were in Anaheim with the Ducks last season. A coach who admits he screwed up? Who didn’t blame the media (at least in this case)? Really?"
It's a rarity that anyone actually admits when they're wrong (especially a 50+ year old guy). When I saw this in the interview...respect.
That could be really good or really bad. Depends how the leaders on our team respond, that's a lot of pressure on someone like Phaneuf, let's hope he steps up and puts the leafs into playoffs. Go leafs go!