I think for the most part he was trying a lot of different combinations the first week, it's sort of like training camp on the fly. The only pairing that was really constant was Phaneuf/Kostka, I think Liles played a bit with Franson.
One thing I think is needed is comfort-ability on the back-end. You need to know where your partner is going to be at all times. It makes playing defense a lot easier, especially on the PP. So instead of changing it every week and trying to strike gold, he needs to use Liles to his advantage and not sitting on his ass on the PP.. We are paying Liles the money to be a PP specialist, and a point getter, but he's not even getting the chances offensively. Doesn't make sense.
Have to give the players who are in their training camp some time.
The AHL players had a head start and this is what we often see during training camps when the younger players look like world beaters and then as the regular season gets underway they fall off and are over taken by NHL players.
He was the Leafs' leading scorer in the 1963–64, 1966–67 and 1969–70 seasons, and the team's top goal scorer in 1970–71 and 1972–73. Keon was considered one of the fastest skaters in the NHL, and one of the best defensive forwards of his era. He would usually play against the opposing team's top centre, and developed a reputation for neutralizing some of the league's top scorers. In 1970–71, he scored eight shorthanded goals, setting an NHL record.