Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/31/13 at 09:56 AM ET
from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
With such a young team — at an average of 27.1 years, the Leafs are older than just the Columbus Blue Jackets, who come in at 26.9 years — it’s paramount that Carlyle, and the assistant coaches, be accessible. While veteran players might have a better handle on where they stand without being told, it’s different for the youngsters, who don’t have experience to draw on.
“They have to have the opportunity to voice their opinion,” Carlyle said. “But they have to be prepared to hear some things that, if we feel the way we feel, it’s not always a one-way street.
“There are some players that, when you come in and shake their hand, they (have) sweating palms. So, there is that intimidation factor. We try to eliminate that. They have to feel free that they can come in and tell me or any member of our coaching staff how they feel.”
Defenceman Cody Franson has been a healthy scratch at times, but knowing why has made it easier.
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