The day has finally arrived. The Day of Epiphany (seriously it is, look at a calendar) The Maple Leafs have cut ties with head coach Randy Carlyle.
Carlyle was brought in at the end of the 2012 season, with the reputation as a tough, demanding coach who specialized on the defensive side of the game, and whose teams played an aggressive, in your face brand of hockey. Despite coaching the Leafs to their first playoff birth in 7 seasons in the 2012/2013 lockout-shortened season, and a 91-80-19 record overall, Carlyle’s Leafs never could shake their defensive demons. One of the worst possession teams in the modern era, the Leafs under Carlyle were characterized by embarrassingly poor shot differentials, and loose defensive zone coverage. Not a recipe for success in today’s NHL.
Steve Spott and Peter Harachek will take the lead behind the bench until a replacement is hired.