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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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Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:58 pm
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

What a hire by the best GM in the game! Not to many Stanley Cup winning coaches
around and a great in game coach as was Pat Burns. Burke keeps showing why he is the 
best and I would not be surprised when he gets Nash from Columbus.   

In my opinion your mentality is exactly why the Leafs, a team in a massive hockey market completely suck every year.  What's scary is there will be 10's of thousands of Leaf fans that agree with what you said, look forward to next season, keep spending money, keep turning on their tv's and help keep ratings up which means the board cares even less if the Leafs win or lose games because it flat out doesn't matter.

This team just extended this coach before Christmas yet suddenly he's the chump and the guy firing him that supposedly turned down at least 2 or 3 first round picks for players not getting Toronto anywhere still keeps his job.

What a joke... WOW. 



Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:11 pm
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

What a hire by the best GM in the game! Not to many Stanley Cup winning coaches
around and a great in game coach as was Pat Burns.
I will respectfully disagree.  Randy Carlyle is no Pat Burns.  I'm not going to criticize Carlyle until he's had his chance, but there weren't too many like Burns,, with the fire, drive, and energy.  Leafs could really, really use a guy like Pat Burns (RIP) now, I just don't see Carlyle as that guy.




Since: Dec 31, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:59 pm
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

Burke is next. Then Carlyle. Then the next GM. It's the most expensive hockey franchise in the NHL. They've been the laughing stock of the league ever since the 90's. They should've made a move to get a young goalie. They should've traded schenn. They need alot. Hurting franchise.



Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:56 pm
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

Not to many Stanley Cup winning coaches around and a great in game coach as was Pat Burns.
Translation please...



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:46 pm
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

This is going to be the best team the league has ever seen to play NHL hockey like it's 1999.

Great work Burkie.    Lombardi should lose his job soon, he would make a perfect assistant.   One of the Sutters will be available to coach again too.


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Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:41 pm
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Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:40 pm
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

@guelphfan

I'm thinking the same, another retread.  Probably not an upgrade with Carlyle, this team needs new, fresh, young energy.  Eakins maybe good, but I'm sure there are others as well.  This just seems like the "shutup Leaf fans, here's your new coach..." tactic.



Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:33 pm
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

Colton Orr should be on the way up as Randy Carlyle is a goon's coach.  The free-wheeling of Lupul and Kessel will not work in his system.  Burke again blunders.  Enjoy Leafs fans.




Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:32 pm
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

Why hire another retread? Why not give Marlie coach Eakins a shot



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:57 pm
 

Randy Carlyle replaces Ron Wilson in Toronto

Ron Wilson got fired because he can't speak French.


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