Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs Fire Ron Wilson; Randy Carlyle Named as Replacement

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 27: Head coach Ron Wilson of the Toronto Maple Leafs watches third period action against the Florida Panthers on December 27, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Maple Leafs 5-3. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Tom Urtz Jr.Contributor IMarch 3, 2012

Ron Wilson has just been fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs, with the information coming from TSN Insider Darren Dreger. James Duthie of TSN has confirmed via Twitter that Randy Carlyle is the Leafs' new head coach.

 

The news comes on the heels of an article posing the question of whether or not the Leafs should consider firing the Leafs' head coach.

UPDATE: Darren Dreger tweets that Randy Carlyle, head coach under Brian Burke during the Anaheim Ducks' Stanley Cup championship is likely to replace Wilson.

 

 

A Toronto Sun report had this to say earlier this week.

The chant was, “Fire Wilson.”

Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson is an easy target. He’s not outwardly warm and can be sarcastic and caustic, and he has yet to guide the Maple Leafs to the playoffs since being hired in 2008. Everyone, it seems, wants him fired, including the fans at the ACC Tuesday night.

Personally, I don’t buy into the sentiment that Wilson is the main or only problem with this Leafs team, or that the players have stopped playing for him — which was the theory being kicked around the ACC press box Tuesday night. Wilson doesn’t play goal and he surely doesn’t order Luke Schenn to give the puck away pathetically once a game. And there have been many games this season when the Leafs have actually outplayed the opposition for the much of the game and lost, which was the case in their 5-3 defeat to the Panthers Tuesday night.

But since Burke did absolutely nothing to help this team get over the hump and make playoffs for the first time since 2004, perhaps the fans are right. Perhaps it is time to fire Wilson.

The Maple Leafs were off to one of their best starts in recent memory but the team has slipped outside of playoff contention. 

Currently, the Leafs are 29-28-8 with 66 points and they sit in 11th place for the Eastern Conference.

 

Tom Urtz Jr. is an NHL Featured Columnist. For NHL news, updates and alerts about players:

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