The Toronto Maple Leafs have given head coach Randy Carlyle a contract extension. The contract will keep Carlyle behind the Leafs bench for the next two seasons; however his assistant coaches were not so lucky. Dave Farrish, Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin will not be returning.
There is a little be of shock value to this extension, the Leafs lost 12 of their last 14 games in what was an epic tail spin. The Leafs and Carlyle have not names new assistant coaches yet, and I’d assume that they will wait a short while before doing so.
“It was important, after a disappointing end to the season and the arrival of Brendan as team president, to conduct a thorough review of the organization as we continue the work of building a winning tradition and culture for the Maple Leafs,” said Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis in a statement. “That process started with the head coach, and as we analyzed it, we decided together that Randy Carlyle was the right person to lead this team. In Randy we know that we have a leader who has enjoyed a high level of success as both a player and a coach, including a Stanley Cup championship. It was important that the positives Randy brings to our team were not overshadowed by a finish to the season that we all must take responsibility for.” [TSN]
Carlyle’s best season as coach was the 2013 lock-out season. His Maple Leafs posted a record of 26-17-5 and they made the playoffs for the first time since 2003-2004. I’m just going to toss this out there because it needs to be said, the Leafs have not been able to do much under Carlyle’s watchful eye. Could this be a hope for more, but settle for less contract? I know Toronto have Playoffs of bust mentality, but Randy Carlyle has not proven he can lead his club there.
I’m guessing he doesn’t make it two more years in Toronto. But, than again it’s Toronto; who knows what they are going to do next.