It was just an idea. A notion even.
Back in the summer of 2012, Randy Carlyle was wrapping up an 18-game stint as the Leafs coach when he wondered out loud about the possibility of moving James van Riemsdyk from left wing to centre.
“I made that comment over the summer months and it was big news,” Carlyle was saying.
“This was my first test on maybe I should shut my mouth.”
What Carlyle didn’t recognize was that since ...