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Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:40 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 10:31 pm
 
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By: Adam Gretz


Toronto fans spent the better part of February demanding it, and on Friday evening the Maple Leafs front office made it happen.

The team announced that head coach Ron Wilson has been fired and will be replaced by former Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. The move comes less than three months after Wilson received a contract extension from the team, and after a stretch of games that has seen the Maple Leafs lose 10 of their past 11, including six in a row, to fall outside of the top-eight in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

“This was not an easy decision for me to make,” said General Manager Brian Burke in a statement released by the team. “I want to thank Ron for all of his hard work and dedication to our organization over the past four seasons.”

During Wilson's four seasons in Toronto the team compiled a record of 130-135-45 and never qualified for the postseason, as the Leafs and their fans continue to ride out what is one of the longest active playoff droughts in the NHL.
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Wilson had been facing mounting criticism in recent weeks for the teams collapse after such a fast start, and "Fire Wilson" chants could be heard throughout the Air Canada Centre during a recent loss to the Florida Panthers. The Maple Leafs visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

His firing will be the eighth coaching change in the NHL this season (including Carlyle's dismisal from Anaheim), and of the seven previous changes only one of those teams (the St. Louis Blues) is in what would be a playoff posiiton in the standings as of Friday night.

If nothing else the hiring of Carlyle adds a potential storyline -- and perhaps some awkwardness -- early on due to his history with current Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul.

Anaheim traded Lupul to Toronto last season, when Carlyle was still the coach, and they didn't exactly have the best breakup, dealing him shortly after he returned to the lineup after a serious back injury. Earlier this season, before a meeting between the Leafs and Ducks, Lupul talked about his bitterness toward Anaheim and Carlyle saying, via the Toronto Sun, “I know the opportunity I’m getting in Toronto, I never would have had in Anaheim. Randy Carlyle just did not see me as that type of player.”

Carlyle was the head coach of the 2006-07 Anaheim team that won the Stanley Cup. Burke was also the general manager of that team.

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Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

I hate the Leafs like you couldnt believe, but who ever thinks Wilson was the problem you guys a idiots. If anyone should be blamed it should be Burke. This guy is the moron who put this team together and traded all their stars away. also didnt even get Wilson a goalie this year around trade deadline nor a player. Wilson will get another shot else where come next year and will show how pathetic the leafs organisation really is. Thats why the leafs suck and will always suck. You know what Leafs stand for? L-Losers 
      
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Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2012 2:42 pm
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THIS ARTICLE FOR ALL YOU MENTALLY CHALLENGED LEAFS FANS


"Carlyle was the head coach of the 2006-07 Anaheim team that won the Stanley Cup. Burke was also the general manager of that team. "




Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 2:30 pm
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

I beg to differ. My Isles hold that title of worst run in the sport.



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:31 pm
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

Absolutly THE worst run organEYESation in sports



Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:11 pm
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

leafs still suck


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Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:39 pm
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Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:37 am
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

I was looking forward to reading alot of uneducated foolish opinions from a bunch of no it alls that actually dont have a clue. thanks for not letting me down.



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:41 am
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

Coach Randy Carlyle speaks French, right?



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:21 am
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

Before its to late????? It came 18 months to late already.



Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:13 am
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

Sweat Hog: If they could use a Pat Burns, they could use a Mike Keenan.
Keenan could be effective for a year or two, but his act seems to get old quickly.  Burns was the same, and I seem to remember him saying that 4 years was his natural cycle.

As for everyone criticizing the talent and the overrated players and GM, I don't think that they are.  I think that Burke has assembled quite a bit of talent, which is quite an accomplishment considering what he started with when he took the job.  The players themselves aren't overrated, perhaps over-discussed which gives the player celebrity status.  These guys are a confused bunch of players who don't believe that winning is achievable.  They really need a strong motivator, one who can get the winning taste in their mouths, they need a guy who will remind them of their talent and get the heads to work with it.  At this level everyone is talented, not everyone believes it, and winning comes completely with the attitude.  Hopefully Carlyle will give help them find that attitude, that will make him a great coach.

Perfect example of this is Al Arbor with the NY Islander dynasty in the late '70's.  Besides Mike Bossy and Dennis Potvin, this was a very ordinary team talent-wise.  These guys were good, as good as anyone, but in their heads Arbor had them believing that they HAD to win every game, that losing isn't the option.  Look at the players on that team...Billy Smith, Bob Nystrom, Clark Gilles, Butch Goring...all household names in the '70s (wanna talk talent overrated??), but these guys had the one thing that other teams did not possess, a winning attitide.  You can apply this to all teams with multiple championships and have a look, they don't have Godly talent, but they all have a drive bigger than the other guy.


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