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Leafs coach doesn’t want to hear about Kadri getting third-line minutes

Oct 4, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

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The notion that the Toronto media seems like it’s always swarming usually can provide a lot of extra pressure on Maple Leafs players and coaches. It seems like Randy Carlyle is using it as an escape hatch, instead.

When asked about re-signed center Nazem Kadri playing a third-line role, Carlyle made it seem like the media was blowing everything out of proportion.

“I think you guys read a lot more into it … you always look for some form of negativity in one guy or the other,” Carlyle said. “I don’t look at it that way.”

Kadri, 22, essentially gave the “it is what it is” response.

“That’s just something that is going to happen; the juggling of lines,” Kadri said. “I don’t think it’ll be the last time you see it this year. I think every guy is good on this team no matter what role they are given and it means you’ve just got to pick it up a little more to get that ice back.”

There’s obviously plenty of time for Kadri to rise back up in the lineup, but Carlyle will feel emboldened to do things his way as the team keeps winning.

Kadri should look on the bright side: at least this isn’t his contract year.

  1. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    The media is blowing that one out of proportion.

    For one, Carlyle is ALWAYS juggling lines.

    His reasoning for doing it in the Philly game made perfect sense. Kadri was up against the Lecavalier line, Philly added Giroux to the line to try and get an advantage, so Toronto counters by adding Bolland. Who is a much better defensive center.

    And if you look at Kadri’s numbers, he wasn’t just playing on the 3rd line. He slit his time on a 1st line with Lupul and Kessel and a 3rd line with Bodie and Raymond.

    Any given game the lines will change. They leafs have only played two games and you can interchange Lupul/VanRiemsdyk on the 1st/2nd line LW, Raymond/Kulemin on 2nd/3rd line RW, Bodie/Ashton on the 3rd/4th line LW. No need to focus on Bolland/Kadri on the 2nd/3rd lines as anything out of the ordinary. Carlyle will always be juggling.

  2. earpaniac - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    I’m glad hockey writers don’t over analyze and freak out after a couple of games like they do in the other sports.

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