February 13, 2013
Maple Leafs' Matt Frattin to have knee surgery
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

Maple Leafs forward Matt Frattin will have surgery on his left knee. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

TORONTO - If there is a culture change going on with the Maple Leafs, coach Randy Carlyle knows it’s far from complete.

Carlyle guided the Anaheim Ducks to a Stanley Cup in 2007. Six years later, his Leafs have won eight of their first 13 games.

Big difference.

“Just because we are three games over .500, I don’t think we should be waving any pompoms, or doing any jumping up and down,” Carlyle said after the Leafs practised at the MasterCard Centre on Wednesday in preparation for Thursday’s road game against Carolina Hurricanes.

“We are supposed to be 13-0. That is the way the game is played. That is pro sports. You want to be as strong as you can and get every point you possibly can. To make any great proclamations as to where we are, I think it is very foolhardy.”

Carlyle doesn’t want his Leafs, one of the youngest teams in the National Hockey League, to get ahead of themselves. For the most part, they have played solid hockey, and have met challenges head on.



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