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Randy Carlyle speaks to the media after Toronto's 3-1 loss to Boston.

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Randy Carlyle addresses the media after Toronto's 2-1 shootout win over the Devils.

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Tuesday's practice lines with Jerred Smithson in the fold: // On defence, Gardiner-Franson has been reunited with Gardiner moving back to his natural left, while the returning Mark Fraser joined Paul Ranger on the bottom pair. Gardiner-Franson was the team's second pairing in the playoffs and the tandem was really effective at moving the puck against the Bruins. Franson was playing better defence in the playoffs than he has been in recent games, but his ability to take care of business in the defensive zone and make a D-to-D pass over to Gardiner to orchestrate the breakout seemed to be...

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Carlyle takes a question on David Clarkson's first five games, the return of Mark Fraser, his desire for his team to get back to a "workmanlike" effort with less cute play, and some odd questions on hazing in hockey.

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Randy Carlyle discusses James van Riemsdyk maybe filling the hole at center, and gets animated about reporters tweeting and not paying attention at practice.

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Carlyle speaks on the Leafs worst showing of the season compounded by the loss of Dave Bolland long term.

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Randy Carlyle speaks to the media after Toronto's 4-2 victory over Calgary.

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Randy Carlyle speaks to the media after Toronto's 4-0 win over Edmonton.

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Randy Carlyle speaks to the media after facing his former team for the first time in Toronto's 4-2 win over Anaheim.

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Head coach Randy Carlyle speaks with the media ahead of Tuesday's game against Anaheim.

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It’s not that we should be identifying a group of players or a particular line or a defence pair that needs to be changed in order for the Leafs to get back on track after what, in fairness, has been three really poor games in a row despite the win over Minnesota. It’s better team play overall that is required. The Leafs forwards need to commit to getting back, supporting the defence, and transitioning up the ice as a unit by breaking out with good puck support. What I thought Carlyle's team did better, in the very general sense last...