Ducks game has special meaning for Leafs coach Randy Carlyle

Coach Randy Carlyle directs the team during Leafs practice at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto on...

Coach Randy Carlyle directs the team during Leafs practice at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:54 AM ET

TORONTO - With six other former Maple Leafs coaching in the NHL these days, Randy Carlyle won’t go very long without seeing a fellow Toronto alumnus behind the other bench.

But Tuesday night will be a lot different. Bruce Boudreau is not just an ex-Leaf, he was a junior hockey foe, then a teammate of Carlyle’s — both on the farm and at the Gardens. And much more noteworthy, Boudreau was given Carlyle’s job in Anaheim when the Ducks fired their Stanley Cup-winning coach in 2011.

Grudge match? Kitty versus Gabby? Carlyle was playing it cool at Monday’s practice, preferring to remember the good times, both with Boudreau and of his legacy in Anaheim.

“Gabby and I go back a long way,” Carlyle said. “We played together in the minors in Dallas (a Blackhawks CHL team that included Ron Wilson, whom Carlyle replaced in Toronto) and I played a lot of hockey against Bruce. I was with the Sudbury Wolves and he was (a Marlie).


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