January 07 2015 07:44AM
It isn't difficult to figure out who within the Leafs' organization made the decision to finally fire Randy Carlyle yesterday. It was reported that this was a joint effort from Nonis and Shanahan, but I think anyone who has paid attention to this team for any amount of time realizes Nonis is in a situation similar to that of Greg Sherman before he was demoted by the Avalanche this past fall, a general manager in name only.
January 06 2015 02:06PM
Carlyle's tactics have long been a sticking point for many fans causing a pretty big divide between the compete and calculus crowd, but as the losses piled up the divide became noticeably smaller as even those that shouted "He won a Cup!" from the rooftops couldn't deny that the process just wasn't working.
Yes, this team is still on pace for 95 points, but they certainly aren't playing like one that belongs in the playoffs and their most recent losing skid has only amplified the problems that beget this team. Night after night the Leafs get dominated by literally any team, and night after night there's no explanation.
Mind boggling, right?
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 06 2015 10:52AM
The first transaction of the post-Randy Carlyle era has occurred this morning, as 23 year old Carter Ashton was placed on waivers.
January 06 2015 07:48AM
January 06 2015 07:28AM
Leafs announce Randy Carlyle fired as head coach— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) January 6, 2015
Obviously we're going to have much more on the way over the course of the day, but there you have it. Carlyle is out.
It looks as though Horachek and Spott will take over coaching duties in the immediate interim, but that's just the initial word.
The Leafs were heavily rumoured to be trying to poach DeBoer this summer. DeBoer was fired a week ago. Hmm.— Draglikepull (@draglikepull) January 6, 2015
With DeBoer and Bylsma out there (among others) as key free agent coaches, you can bet a lot of rumors will be floating around in the coming days.