As first reported by TSN's Darren Dreger, and on Bleacher Report by Dino Mori, the Toronto Maple Leafs have fired their head coach Paul Maurice.
Maurice had one year left on the original three year deal he signed.
People in the media, myself included, who have had the pleasure of dealing with Maurice will tell you that he is one of the most genuinely classy guys in the sport.
However, being nice doesn't always produce results, and Maurice had the dubious distinction of leading this team to missing the postseason three consecutive times for the first time in the last 80 years. During his time in Toronto he compiled a record of 76-66-22.
Assistant coaches Randy Ladouceur and Dallas Eakins, who were brought on board by Maurice, have also been let go. Eakins has been offered a non-coaching job with the Maple Leafs.
A very sombre Paul Maurice told Howard Berger he was driving to get his kids (out of school) because he didn't want them to hear the news from someone else. Maurice has gone on the record several times as saying coaching the Maple Leafs was a long time dream, since he got serious about coaching.
Cliff Fletcher will hold a press conference for 3 PM today where he will officially announce the firing of Maurice. The press conference will be live on LeafsTV, and may also be picked up by TSN, or the Score in Canada.