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Heisinger said the lockout season, during which many young NHLers spent the year playing in the AHL, was a good test for Carlyle."I think that showed Randy would have no trouble dealing with today's professional athletes," said Heisinger. Carlyle was a Norris Trophy winner himself. He coached Chris Pronger's brother, Sean. He was Selanne's teammate. "Is he going to be intimidated by Chris Pronger or Scott Niedermayer? No, I don't think so," Heisinger said. Veteran defenseman Sean O'Donnell believes Carlyle's experiences as a player has made him sensitive to the rigors of an NHL season. Sensitive, not soft. "One thing that he maintains is that there's a certain structure as far as routes and positioning, that there's really no excuse why you can't be in the right position," O'Donnell said. "That's just hard work or not working hard, and he's a real stickler if you're two feet this way or two feet that way, you're stick's here instead of there." Playing for his sixth NHL team, O'Donnell said there is no disputing who is in charge in the Ducks dressing room. "As the coach, you need to be the boss," O'Donnell said. "There can't be any kind of wavering as to, 'OK, who's in charge' or 'Does he really know what he's doing' and that kind of stuff. And Randy doesn't project that kind of stuff for a moment. He's always in charge. He's always the guy." He, too, believes, this team has evolved to capture Carlyle's personality. "I think a little bit. I think [GM Brian Burke] and Randy, if you spend much time with them, you realize they're both kind of abrasive. I wouldn't say they don't care what others think, but they're not concerned too often what others think," O'Donnell said. "They have a certain style and a certain way about them, and if you don't like it, then too bad. And I think our team has taken that on a little bit. I think with the addition of [Pronger], who kind of has that same kind of personality, it's rubbed off on the team."
|Randy Carlyle never reached the Cup finals as a player, but he is now there behind the bench.|
Perhaps he doesn't have to go in the room because the players there have accepted this team's personality -- Randy Carlyle's personality.Scott Burnside is the NHL writer for ESPN.com