By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio)
As the Toronto Marlies wrapped up a difficult 90 minute up-tempo practice, coach Dallas Eakins had his team gather at center ice where they turned up to the crowd, waved, and yelled:
Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle was in attendance to watch the Maple Leafs American Hockey League affiliate practice.
It brought a smile to his face.
“It’s good for our players to see this,” said Eakins. “It’s good for our players to see that not only me and my staff but the whole organization is keeping an eye on all the players.”
Eakins then smiled and added, “It was more of me getting Randy because I know it would really frustrate him having everyone look and wave at him.”
“You want to impress everybody every day,” said defenceman Jake Gardiner. “Dallas has a big say in who plays in the next level and they talk to each other a lot. ”
Gardiner than smiled and said, “As they say, every day is a tryout.”
Every day is a tryout. That