The media quickly dubbed it The Day The Music Died.

Randy Carlyle certainly noticed when he walked through the players quarters before Monday’s practice that the high-decibel modern music mix had been turned low or off completely. The coach interpreted the gesture two ways. As a fan of ’70s-era tunes, he was grateful for the silence, but also knows his playoff challenged team realizes its plight.

“Shocked, depressed, any state you want to call it,” Carlyle said. “When you come in and there’s no music, it’s a tell-tale sign. In any dressing room, there’s always a stereo that can blow you out of the building.”

Young defenceman Morgan Rielly said it was “all business” in the room on Monday as the Leafs contemplated eight straight losses.

“We don’t have a whole lot to be too chipper about,” Rielly said. “As a group, we’ve never experienced a skid like this.”

Kulemin’s deal up

Gary Greenstin, the agent for potential UFA winger Nikolai Kulemin was at the MasterCard Centre on Monday and had informal chats with both director of hockey operations Dave Poulin and assistant GM Claude Loiselle. Kulemin, the longest-serving Leaf, made $2.8 million US this year, but might not be back at that price, given how everything has gone with the Leafs of late.

“I’d like to say he’ll be with the Maple Leafs and winning the Stanley Cup,” Greenstin said with a smile. “But right now, he’s under contract until June 30 and we’ll go from there.”

Greenstin did say Kulemin remains set on playing in the NHL next year as opposed to the KHL and that he would welcome another chance to play for Russia next month at the world chamionships in Belarus.