Randy Carlyle Fired by Maple Leafs: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

January 6th, 2015 by Mike Chiari Leave a reply »

After parts of four seasons at the helm, Randy Carlyle was relieved of his head coaching duties by the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday.

Carlyle's firing was officially announced by Leafs PR on Twitter:

Despite the fact that Toronto currently occupies the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, Leafs general manager David Nonis believes the organization needed to shake things up, per the Maple Leafs' website.

"I want to thank Randy for all of his hard work and dedication," Nonis said. "It's never an easy decision to make when changing your leadership but our team was not trending in the right direction and we felt an immediate change was necessary."

Sportsnet and David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period add more from Nonis:

The Leafs are just 3-7 over their past 10 games, and their once comfortable stranglehold on a postseason berth has been slipping away in recent weeks. With Carlyle now out of the picture, assistant coaches Peter Horachek and Steve Spott will lead the team until a more permanent solution is found, per MapleLeafs.com.

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