Scotty Bowman smiled a tight little smile when asked about Randy Carlyle.
“Firm,” he said. “He’s firm. He makes the players produce and he makes them responsible. Plus, he has them working in the right system.”
There are few more lasting endorsements than hockey’s all-time winningest coach finding you properly stern.
It should come as no surprise, I suppose. The Old School Randy Carlyle, the one who scoffs when reporters ask about a practice that lasts longer than an hour, the one whose actions suggest a disregard for soothing feelings, that guy is ...