Originally written on centericechat.com  |  Last updated 9/6/14
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As immediate as possible, it seems, new Toronto Maple Leafs bench boss Randy Carlyle admits he made a mistake while in Anaheim with the Ducks. Joffrey Lupul, Toronto’s talented top left-winger, was never given that chance as he battled back surgery and injuries in the 2009-10 and the early part of the 2010-11 season. Lupul was outspoken about his past with Carlyle when the Leafs played the Ducks earlier this season. Via the Star:
“I know the opportunity I’m getting in Toronto I never would have had in Anaheim. Randy Carlyle just didn’t see me as that type of player,” Lupul said in November. “You want to prove people wrong. (Carlyle) didn’t give me any opportunity on left wing. His words to me were, ‘You’re not able to play left wing in this league.’ It’s something I’ve worked on since I got to Toronto, and now I feel more comfortable on left than I ever was on right.”
Carlyle knows he made a mistake. He admits it. He tried to use Lupul as a right winger, but that has been proved wrong. Lupul is Toronto’s No. 2 scorer with 66 points (25 goals) in 64 games. Sure, Carlyle will put the pieces where they’re working. But how he decides to use Lupul’s assets — or the offensive structure of the team, for that matter, may turn Lupul’s world haywire. Will Carlyle play a dramatic affect on Lupul’s game? Will he finish as a point-per-game player this season? Or will the tension still be in the air? Regardless, Carlyle seems to be reaching out to Lupul. All eyes will be on the dynamic between the two tonight in Montreal as the Leafs take on the Canadiens.   Matthew Wilson is editor of Center Ice Chat. Follow him on Twitter @Mattjw24. Be sure to also Like us on Facebook and to Follow our Tumblr page. If you'd like to contribute, or appear as a guest columnist, please email us at CenterIceChat@gmail.com.
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