They sat there, the two hockey lifers, and managed to get a few friendly digs in at one another while comparing notes.

Conversation came easily for Dallas Eakins and Randy Carlyle as they watched the Toronto Marlies go through a full scrimmage at training camp on Monday morning. Finalists for the Maple Leafs head coaching job that was given to Carlyle in March, the long-ago teammates are working closely together now because of the NHL lockout.

“Randy and I go way back, we’ve got a great relationship, and that’s not going to change,” said Eakins.

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