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Carlyle’s phyiscal challenge to Schenn

- March 9th, 2012

Part of his introduction to the Maple Leafs has come in the form of one-on-one meetings with each player, and Randy Carlyle had a direct message for Luke Schenn when he sat down with the 22-year-old defenceman on Friday morning.
“He has to be more challenging to the opposition physically,” Carlyle said. “The conversation was based upon him getting back to being a physical, hard-to-play-against defenceman. I think that is the thing that is the key for his confidence level, that he gets out there and creates a little more space for himself with his aggressiveness.”
And for those who wanted Dallas Eakins to be the new head coach of the Leafs after Ron Wilson was fired, not Carlyle, take note. With head coaching experience in the NHL, Carlyle was able to provide an example to the 6-foot-2, 229-pound Schenn that Eakins could not have.
“I told him there was a time in Anaheim and coaching against the Leafs and he was out there and he was in Corey Perry’s face,” Carlyle said. “Corey Perry was one of our elite players. They were going at one another and he was challenging Corey.”
Schenn was a healthy scratch against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday and could draw back in against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday. Schenn was not sure whether he would play against Philly, but acknowledged his confidence is creeping back.
“You know where you sit and that is a good thing,” Schenn said. “We are learning a lot of new things that have to do with body positioning and stick positioning, to always be on the right side of the puck. He was a great defenceman when he played and there are a lot of little different things to learn.”