Leafs Fire Head Coach Randy Carlyle
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Leafs Fire Head Coach Randy Carlyle

Club announced this morning that Carlyle has been "relieved of his duties.”

Photo from Randy Carlyle’s Twitter account.

The morning after Canada’s juniors claimed gold at the ACC, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced they’d be parting ways with head coach Randy Carlyle.

“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,” said Leafs general manager Dave Nonis.

A former second-round Leafs draft pick in 1976, Carlyle never achieved the same coaching success in Toronto as he did during his time in Anaheim, where he led the team to a Stanley Cup win in 2007. After joining the Leafs on March 2, 2012, he established a record of 91 wins, 78 losses, and 19 overtime/shootout losses over the course of his 188 games.

With a record of 21-16-3, the Leafs currently sit in fourth place in the Atlantic Division— they’re currently one point ahead of the Bruins in the race for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot with half a season left to play.

Assistant coaches Peter Horachek and Steve Spott will be taking over coaching duties. It remains to be seen whether this change will get the team “trending in the right direction” (which we assume is a polite way of saying “winning”), but last night’s gold-medal juniors event on the Leaf’s home turf certainly reminded everyone that it feels good—and somewhat unfamiliar—to win hockey games in Toronto.

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