Leafs coach Randy Carlyle just doesn't trust entire roster

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle speaks to rookie Morgan Rielly at the end of practice...

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle speaks to rookie Morgan Rielly at the end of practice at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Dec. 4, 2013. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Steve Simmons, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:04 AM ET

TORONTO - Randy Carlyle is not unlike so much of his roster. He was a better coach last year than he has been this year.

He had a plan, a vision, a sense of what he wanted the Toronto Maple Leafs to be. And there was no better example of Carlyle’s ability to prepare his hockey club than the Leafs performance in Game 2 of their playoff series against the Boston Bruins.

They had been blasted in Game 1, embarrassed really, and he got them to play a certain way against the Bruins, countering well, reacting to the Boston pinching game, winning battles on loose pucks with speed and strength.

Now, with a wafer-thin roster, with Carlyle’s trust in some of his players bordering on the curious, with the Leafs seemingly without an idea of how to compete without the puck, they have nights like they did Thursday against the Dallas Stars.


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