Randy Carlyle is not expecting to bond with Dion Phaneuf as fast as his Stanley Cup captain Scott Niedermayer or successor Chris Pronger.

But the new coach of the Leafs thought the timing was right for a sit-down with Phaneuf on Monday morning at the MasterCard Centre. Most coaches pick the captain, whereas Phaneuf was installed two years ago by general manager Brian Burke and the departed Ron Wilson.

"We talked about what I felt was necessary from him and what my expectations were for the coach-to-captain relationship," Carlyle said. "It seems he's on the same page where I'm coming from and (vice-versa).

"It's important that I have the pulse of what his teammates are thinking. His role is to be a good, solid teammate, to sometimes be a go-between with the coach and players. If there's something upsetting them, it's important that I feel they can come to him, to one of the assistants or me and tell me about it."