Like night and day.
That's how Manitoba Moose goalie Alex Auld compares new head coach Randy Carlyle and former boss Stan Smyl.
"Oh, two totally different styles of coaching," Auld said yesterday. "And just getting a fresh, new style is good. Because there were guys in here who, the only pro coach they've ever had was Stan. Sometimes after three or four years with a guy, you tend to tune out, or whatever.
"And when you have someone who comes in and demands your attention and grabs it the way Randy does, that's great right off the bat."
Auld says Carlyle has done that by not letting little mistakes go, even in practice.
And by letting the players have fun, occasionally -- the Moose went fishing one day during training camp -- Carlyle has created a close-knit group.
"His example, too, is a lot looser, but at the right times," Auld said. "When the game's over ... he doesn't hold grudges and those things. And he jokes around with the guys, as well. He has a great balance for that. That's one of his strongest suits."
Forward Ryan Kesler says the biggest difference between the two is Carlyle's vocal style on the bench.
Like Auld, he sees the Moose coming together much better than a year ago.
"A lot more chemistry this year than last year," Kesler said. "Just by the way the guys talk in the locker-room. We have a lot more North American guys on the team this year. It just makes it easier communicating."