The Maple Leafs want James van Riemsdyk to get dirty again. It wasn't long ago when it looked as if JVR would run away with the team goal-scoring title. Now after not scoring in seven consecutive games heading into Tuesday night's contest against the Florida Panthers, the Leafs are asking him to get back to what was making him successful. Toronto held one-on-one meetings with its players on Tuesday morning, as the staff likes to do about once every 10 games. While Randy Carlyle didn't sit down with JVR personally, the coach said he was sure the big winger was given the message. "The expectations were to get his feet moving, get involved in the dirty areas, win more one-on-one battles. Those are the issues, when you're not having the type of offensive production, you're not creating those chances, the easiest way is to get physical, get into the dirty areas," Carlyle said. While the Leafs would like to see van Riemsdyk start scoring again, they weren't panicking just yet. "He's a good player. He's got 14 goals. It's not like we're jumping on the guy but there has been a dry spell and players have to make adjustments," Carlyle said. On Monday, van Riemsdyk was benched for the final eight minutes of the Leafs' 3-2 shootout loss to the Bruins in Boston. He didn't see the ice in overtime.
Leafs want more from James van Riemsdyk
Toronto Sun | Mar 27