Maple Leafs fire coach Randy Carlyle after rough road trip
TORONTO (AP) — Randy Carlyle was fired as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday following a road trip in which the team lost five of seven games and showed little signs it would soon get better.
The dismissal comes 40 games into the season, with Toronto at 21-3-16 and in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. The Maple Leafs have shown flashes of promise but have struggled on defense.
“Our team was not trending in the right direction and we felt an immediate change was necessary,” general manager Dave Nonis said in a statement.
Assistants Steve Spott and Peter Horachek will run the bench for Wednesday’s game against the Washington Capitals.
Carlyle went 91-19-68 in 188 games as coach over parts of four seasons. He won the Stanley Cup as coach of the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.
He is the fourth NHL coach to be fired this season. The others were: Paul MacLean (Ottawa), Dallas Eakins (Edmonton) and Pete DeBoer (New Jersey).