The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced head coach Randy Carlyle has been fired. No word from the club yet as to his replacement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So the Leafs make the move they should have made last summer, rather than not only stick with Carlyle for another season but also signing him to a contract extension. While the Leafs can easily afford to pay out the remainder of Carlyle’s contract, this merely serves as yet another example of how poorly run this organization truly is. The Leafs were among the worst puck-possession and defensive teams in the NHL last season. There was no reason to believe they were going to significantly improve in that area.
While the players bear their share of the blame, as well as management for building this roster, it was apparent at the end of last season the Leafs needed a coaching change. This isn’t hindsight on my part, as I said last May retaining Carlyle as head coach made no sense. And I was just part of a large, loud choir.
So, what’s the plan now? Do they aggressively search for a replacement? Do they promote one of their assistant coaches on an interim or full-time basis? Do they wait for the off-season and hope to woo Detroit Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock? Carlyle may be gone but the Leafs head coaching saga seems far from over, and there’s still have a season to play with a playoff berth on the line.