Randy Carlyle's addition to the Leafs doesn't come as a surprise to me. The former All-Star defenceman likely ranks as the best available coach out there who wasn't coaching.
Carlyle brings to Toronto with him a record of 273-182-61 in 516 games. He also has led the Ducks to a division title, three second-place Pacific Division finishes and, of course, one Stanley Cup.
He helped lead a completely rebuilt Ducks team in his first year with the team. They eventually lost in the Western Conference Finals.
He was a world-class defenceman in his time, and unlike Wilson, Carlyle was great at both ends of the ice.
Probably the most forgotten thing is that Carlyle helped lead the Ducks to a championship with the team dynamic that Brian Burke builds his teams around: a very good top-six forward group, a gritty bottom-six forward group, a dynamic top-four defenceman corps, two stay-at-home defenders and strong goaltending.
Could Carlyle lead the Leafs back into the playoffs this season? That may be asking too much.