Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle has sights fixed on Marlies

Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle is going to try to be a fixture around Ricoh Coliseum now that...

Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle is going to try to be a fixture around Ricoh Coliseum now that the Marlies' heavy road schedule has ended. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:43 AM ET

TORONTO - The NHL lockout was bad news for the surplus deer population on Manitoulin Island.

It enabled Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle to join the annual November hunt for four days, a time of year he’s usually holding a hockey stick at practice instead of a rifle.

“There were a few we got,” Carlyle said Wednesday at Ricoh Coliseum, where he and assistant coach Dave Farrish watched the Toronto Marlies practice. “I’ve been hunting a few times. That’s the first (deer hunt) I’ve done in a long time. It was very enjoyable .

“The activity was more about the camaraderie and being out with friends and neighbours I had grown up with. (Carlyle has a summer cottage on the island.) It’s nice to be able to go, but nice to be able to come back here, too.”

Carlyle and his assistants were eagerly scrutinizing the Marlies’ games and their workouts, but the farm team’s heavy road schedule this month gave the staff some down time. Now, with cautious optimism that there could yet be NHL


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