Toronto Maple Leafs: New Head Coach Randy Carlyle Better Be Up for the Challenge
The axe has finally fallen in Toronto, per TSN.
Wilson was unable to lead the Leafs to the Stanley Cup playoffs during his tenure as head coach.
Entering the fold is Randy Carlyle.
Though Carlyle's track record is rather impressive—just let his 2007 Anaheim Ducks' Stanley Cup ring do all the talking—turning the Leafs around presents a difficult challenge, one that even the great Scotty Bowman would have trouble overcoming.
Can Carlyle turn around the Leafs?
In order to do so, he'll have to figure out a way to solve the Leafs' goaltending woes—and fast.
Goaltending has been the Leafs' Achilles heel all season. It's a well-known fact: The tandem of James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson is mediocre at best.
On the flip side of the spectrum, Carlyle was fired by Anaheim in December, after an abysmal 7-13-4 start.
Perhaps a fluke, or maybe Carlyle has lost his touch. Yeah, I'll go with the former.
Brian Burke sure hopes so.
If the Leafs fail to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs—again—expect Burke to be the next one packing up his bags.
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