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Randy Carlyle seems to get how the media works in Toronto

Sep 25, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

Randy Carlyle AP

When Ron Wilson was coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs, his relationship with the rabid media there was dicey to say the least. Randy Carlyle, for the time being, seems to have a better handle on things these days.

Carlyle told the Leafs website he knows demands and expectations are a bit higher in Toronto than they were in Anaheim and he knows he has to be understanding of how things are there.

“You have to be honest and truthful, and you try to give them as much of the information that you deem necessary in the situation that you’re involved in,” Carlyle said.

“You respect the position that they’re in, be as honest as you possibly can be, and treat them the way you’d like to be treated.”

Common courtesy? Surely ye jest. Compare that to how Wilson handled things on occasion being uptight or even downright cruel to reporters and suddenly the feisty Carlyle seems like a dream.

  1. scottybcboy - Sep 25, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    They still won’t be able to know who Carlyle’s starting goalie will be………….not that there is anything wrong with that.

  2. biffnasty - Sep 25, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    it doesnt matter how he acts towards the press, with Burke involved, toronto will again finish at the bottom of the east. if there is a season God willing

  3. jersey77girl - Sep 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    I’m confused by the statement, “Carlyle told the Leafs website he knows demands and expectations are a bit higher in Toronto than they were in Anaheim…”

    How exactly are the demands of a lockout higher in Toronto then in Anaheim?

    • sunderlanding - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:09 AM

      Clearly you’ve never been to Toronto. Even in a lockout the city is hockey crazy, and they’ll be pestering him every chance they get. In Anaheim they probably haven’t even figured out who the coach is never mind if the season is locked out.

  4. freneticgarfieldfan - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    “If things don’t work out and the Leafs crash and burn out of playoff contention both guys could be on their way out of town.” – that was a real divine afflatus (on Dec 26, no less), and a sweet one ;-)

  5. freneticgarfieldfan - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    “If things don’t work out and the Leafs crash and burn out of playoff contention both guys could be on their way out of town.”
    – that was a real divine afflatus (on Dec 26, no less), and a sweet one ;-)

    (the second part unfortunately only came half to fruitition)

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:21 AM

      ups, sorry for the double (edited) post.

  6. beergold - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    Good guy, good coach but doomed in TO where Burke has saddled him with nothing but AHL quality players to work with. Hopefully Burke is out the door sooner than later and the “next” five year plan to rebuild will make some real progress. Sad to see the Laffs embarrass themselves year after year after year!

    • sunderlanding - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:11 AM

      Phil Kessel is AHL talent? Jake Gardnier is AHL talent? Lupul is AHL talent? Phaneuf is AHL talent? Grabovski is AHL talent? JVR is AHL talent? The leafs have thier problems but to say they have nothing but AHL talent is just stupid.

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