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Carlyle on Van Riemsdyk’s move to center: ‘I don’t have anybody else’

Nov 15, 2013, 11:24 PM EDT

When you combine injuries to Dave Bolland and Tyler Bozak with Nazem Kadri‘s suspension, it’s clear that the Toronto Maple Leafs are in trouble at center. Head coach Randy Carlyle didn’t smokescreen people when asked if that’s why James van Riemsdyk has been moved to the middle.

When asked if JVR should shoulder some blame as the Maple Leafs struggle – including Friday’s 3-1 loss to Buffalo – the natural winger simply said “that’s not for me to decide.”

The numbers don’t look very good so far, as TSN’s Mark Masters points out.

Those are some rough stats, but Masters noted a tidbit that’s probably more telling: tonight marked the first time Toronto took more shots than its opponents since Oct. 5.

Sometimes it’s more comforting for people to scapegoat a single player, though.

  1. mp1131211 - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Guess their last center shouldn’t have been stupid by injuring Backstrom. Have fun falling to the bottom of the pack, Leafs.

  2. source7769 - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    please if you need a center that bad maybe the Isles trade you josh bailey for a bag of pucks maybe he will produce back at center

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