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Toronto Maple Leafs Reportedly Fire Head Coach Ron Wilson

PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 13:  Head Coach Ron Wilson of the Toronto Maple Leafs watches his team play against the Pittsburgh Penguinson October 13, 2010 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIMarch 2, 2012

With the Toronto Maple Leafs' playoffs hopes dwindling with each passing game, it looks as if the team has decided to head in another direction.

The first string of moves is coming in the way of coaching changes. 

According to New York Rangers beat writer Jim Cerny, the Leafs have decided to fire head coach Ron Wilson.

 

 

WOW! big news...: Ron Wilson fired.No replacement named.

— Jim Cerny (@JimCerny) March 3, 2012

 

 

The Maple Leafs hired Wilson back in 2008, and he hasn't exactly led the team the kind of success front office would like to have seen.

Toronto only had one season with a record of over .500, which was in the 2010-11 season when the team went 37-34 with 85 total points. This season the Leafs are currently sitting at 29-28-7 with 65 points—just five points out of the playoffs.

The fact is, the team started out the season playing very well, but has continued to free fall in terms of results, so much so that it appears to have cost Wilson his job.

The Leafs have yet to announce a replacement, but considering the team has a good chunk of the season left, they are going to have to hope that they make a hire that can help turn the team back around as soon as possible.

According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, the team may already have some potential candidates in line.

Randy Carlyle, who won a Stanley Cup with Leafs GM Brian Burke in Anaheim in 2007, is the top rumored candidate to replace Wilson. Carlyle was fired by the Ducks earlier this season.

As the team begins to try and find a way to get the team back into the playoff hunt, the first change has come. What other moves they decide to make remain to be seen. 

 

Jeff Chase is a Featured Columnist for the Chicago Cubs and Arizona State football.

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