Various sources tonight report the Toronto Maple Leafs have fired head coach Ron Wilson. His replacement has yet to be formally announced, but TSN’s Darren Dreger reports via Twitter former Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle is “very likely” to take over as the new Leafs coach.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Leafs in free-fall, something had to be done to try to save the season, so a coaching change seemed the only logical recourse, given how poorly the Leafs performed in the two games following the trade deadline. If it’s Randy Carlyle, he brings a Stanley Cup pedigree and familiarity with Burke from their Anaheim daze. He’s also a no-nonsense coach, considered as much (if not more) of a “hard-ass” coach than Wilson. Problem is, Carlyle might not be enough in the short term to improve the Leafs shaky goaltending and lack of secondary scoring depth. He might, however, improve the club’s defensive and special team play, which could improve this team’s chances of getting back on a winning track.