By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio)
If the Toronto Maple Leafs are to have any success this season, they better work hard and compete.
It sounds like a cliché but it is a point that was repeated often Sunday morning, before the Leafs even hit the ice for the start of training camp.
“We are going to push guys a little harder. It’s going to be an intense camp,” said coach Randy Carlyle.
“We’re going to have a young group,” said GM Dave Nonis. “You’re going to see some mistakes from some of the young players. But we can’t take nights off. And if we’re going to have any success at all, we have to be a committed team.”
“You talk about team toughness and being physically combative, it’s about winning one-on-one battles,” stressed Carlyle. “Our expectation is to win a fair share of those one-on-one battles.”
Carlyle said last year the Leafs failed to compete in “all three zones” and that will not be acceptable this year. That will make this 6-day training c