Leafs' Ranger appreciates Eakins

Paul Ranger of the Toronto Maple Leafs hits Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers during recent...

Paul Ranger of the Toronto Maple Leafs hits Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers during recent NHL play. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:40 PM ET

How much did Dallas Eakins help Paul Ranger? Let him count the ways.

"He was coach, companion and friend to me," said Ranger, who made his comeback to pro hockey under Eakins and the Marlies after three years out of the game. "I think he's a great man, with awesome values. As a human being, he relates to people really well."


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