NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — They don’t have the makings of a great buddy film just yet.
But the casting looks right: sardonic 36-year-old Ron Hainsey, a veteran defenceman with the dental damage to prove it, and Morgan Rielly, 13 years his junior, eager to learn from a Stanley Cup winner.
Their pairing was one of the first ideas Mike Babcock thought of in the summer, when Hainsey signed and the coach’s attention turned to further cutting down the Toronto Maple Leafs’ league-worst shots against.
“In my travels, I’ve played with a few guys over the years,” Hainsey said Saturday, his second day with Rielly at training camp. “In Carolina, we only had 21-year-olds, …