Maple Leafs GM on firing coach Randy Carlyle: 'It's not happening'

By Brian Stubits |

Carlyle won a Cup while behind the Anaheim bench. (Getty Images)
Carlyle won a Cup while behind the Anaheim bench. (Getty Images)

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are struggling at the moment. They started the season going 10-4-0, sitting atop the Eastern Conference a month into the season. Since then things have been going the wrong direction.

The Leafs have just three regulation wins since the calendar flipped to November, that's a span of 22 games. Considering this is Toronto we're talking about, struggles like that get magnified and the heat can build. It's no secret not everybody is enamored with the Randy Carlyle style that has the Leafs being outshot regularly and slowly, there have been questions arising about the coach's job security.

GM Dave Nonis told Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun on Wednesday that Carlyle has nothing to worry about.

"If they're waiting for a coaching change, they're going to be waiting a long time," Nonis said in a lengthy interview on Wednesday.

"It's not happening. We're not making a move [player or coach] for the sake of making a move. We're not trading a young player away that will erode our depth or take youth out of our lineup. We don't do that."

Nonis had a few other things to say, which you can find in that link, much of which address any trade speculation around his club. The point from this part, though, is that Carlyle isn't going anywhere right now.

I wouldn't classify this as the dreaded vote of confidence by any stretch, but the longer the Leafs' funk goes on, the more the speculation will remain no matter what Nonis says. Their struggles continuing don't seem to be out of the question either as they regress to the mean in some statistical categories like shooting percentage and save percentage. Both were abnormally high at the beginning of the season but now they're coming back to earth. So is the team.

Cam Charron took a look at the Leafs and how they're faring under Carlyle and his conclusion wasn't a glowing endorsement. This sentiment is growing.

Nonis' desire to make a change apparently isn't.

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