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Carlyle’s Team

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Randy Carlyle didn’t say a word Friday. He didn’t have to.

But less than 82 games into his time as coach of the Maple Leafs, one thing has been made apparent: Carlyle’s fingerprints are all over the off-season moves being made by general manager Dave Nonis.

This is his team now. The players he didn’t have much use for — Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur to name two — are gone. David Bolland replaces Grabovski as the third-line centre. David Clarkson takes most of Grabovski’s money to move into a role as banging second-line winger. And in concert, Nonis and Carlyle are one step closer to having the kind of lineup they want to go forward with.

It isn’t a perfect team, it isn’t close to that. But it’s a lineup of moving parts that both GM and coach are comfortable with and at least three important issues the coach had with the roster have been upgraded.

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