Maple Leafs Extend Randy Carlyle for 2 years, Fire Assistants

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Randy Carlyle
Photo: Cp24

Toronto – Toronto Maple Leafs management, led by Senior Vice President and General Manager David Nonis with input and support from team president Brendan Shanahan, extended the contract of head coach Randy Carlyle by two years on Thursday after a thorough team review following the end of the 2013-14 season. Nonis announced at the same time that assistant coaches Dave Farrish, Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin would not return to the team next season.

“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 Nonis. “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.”

Randy Carlyle, 58, was named the 28th Head Coach in Toronto Maple Leafs history on March 2, 2012. Carlyle became the 16th individual to have both played for the Maple Leafs and then taken on the reins as the team’s coach. The Sudbury, Ontario native played 94 games for the Blue and White from 1976 to 1978, registering two goals and 16 assists. In Carlyle’s first complete season (2012-13) coaching the Leafs, the team compiled a record of 26-17-5, finished fifth in the Eastern Conference and gained a playoff berth. He registered his 300th career NHL win April 6, 2013 at New Jersey.

Carlyle, a former James Norris Trophy winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins, previously spent seven seasons as the Anaheim Ducks’ head coach. He led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup championship (2007), Pacific Division championship (2007) and five playoff appearances (2005-09, 2011).

“I want to thank Dave, Scott and Greg for their many contributions to the organization,” said Nonis. “Their experience, leadership and outstanding work ethic have been invaluable and we wish them continued success as coaches in the NHL.”

“I appreciate the support of Brendan, Dave and the entire organization and am looking forward to working with them to get the Maple Leafs back into the playoffs,” said Carlyle. “We have a strong foundation here and everyone wants to get back to work to deliver the results that we know this team is capable of. At the same time, I’d like to extend my gratitude to my assistant coaching staff. Their contributions will continue to be an important part of this team’s success in the future, and for me personally, will always be reflected in me as a head coach.”

  • MarleneLeafs

    LeafsNews Well they certainly got that backwards.

  • mcloki

    Jesus help us.

  • mcloki

    DownGoesBrown
    Honest to god, if you’re still young, or you recently became a Leafs fan and aren’t too attached yet: consider getting out now.
    https://twitter.com/downgoesbrown/status/464482372906663936

  • Belfour20/JB-45

    Carlyle is laughing straight to the bank with this shit.

  • loomx

    https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/464481648239980546

  • loomx

    https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/464481969242636289

  • loomx

    https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/464482151854247937

  • Bruffins

    I feel Like Carlyle is laughing at us all in that picture

  • lukethenuke

    grabbing my cyanide brb

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    Sweet  FUCK !!!

  • Great Dane

    I hope this is another wilson signing

  • loomx

    https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/464482793415008256

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    Well we now know Bolland is gone.

  • conis

    NotTheCanucksnaphook why?

  • loomx

    https://twitter.com/Hope_Smoke/status/464482991394533376

  • mike_84

    So what about that second team coming to Toronto?

  • skiingallday

    This is horrible horrible horrible news. 
    JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL.

  • LeafFan15

    If the Leafs have a terrible record for the first 15-20 games or so, Carlyle’s gone.

  • Mcost61

    Habs fans must be cheering especially loud right now

  • lukethenuke

    is there a press conference or how did they report this joke news

  • mike_84

    Maybe Randy has a pic of Nonis? Blackmail? …

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    @conis NotTheCanucksnaphook  Would you come back to this disaster?  Hell no.

  • conis

    LeafFan15 right on…so just enough to let another season slip by

  • philthethrill

    NotTheCanucksnaphook bolland’s got a blank check

  • Great Dane

    Which UFA will sign with the Leafs or lift their NTC.

    We are worse than the Oilers.

    How many players are on speed dial to their agent to get out of Dodge

  • Mcost61

    If not the coach, then who is to blame?

  • Darkside Beleafer

    mcloki I don’t know, for the sort of person who enjoys a dumpster fire this is the perfect team.

  • Hammertownleaffan

    James reimer-“randy Carlyle last year? I thought he was OK”

  • [BBirde]

    The extensions means sweet fuck all especially in Toronto. What upsets me more is that they kept him.

  • Randy Carlyle

    HAHAHAHAHA

  • Randy Carlyle

    Guess who’s back??

  • LeafFan15

    Randy Carlyle  Fuck off.

  • WendelGilmour

    It’s only going to get worse.

  • vinoa

    LeafFan15  Not with a 2 year extension.

  • mike_84

    So who are we trading Gards for?

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    Randy Carlyle  Hahahah.

  • mike_84

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Muller as our asst. coach

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    Randy Carlyle  I always liked you Randy.  can I come to the practices now?

  • lukethenuke

    CanuckUKinToronto  medicority man. no if ands ors about it

  • Hammertownleaffan

    This is Friday the 13th… This mother f****r will just not die… And instead of teenagers he’s killing our hopes, dreams, and sanity

  • drummond

    mike_84 another heavyweight?

  • LeafFan15

    vinoa LeafFan15  Fuck this shit :'(

  • [BBirde]

    Give me Muller and Oates. I’ll be happy.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/SeanFitz_Gerald https://twitter.com/SeanFitz_Gerald/status/464482820971589633
    A search of https://twitter.com/MapleLeafs mentions right now suggests a fan base that is … not … happy. And also evidently not afraid of using swears.

  • Murph2417

    https://twitter.com/lexpatriate https://twitter.com/lexpatriate/status/464484107746291712
    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Carlyle&src=hash – my special boy. In honor of Randy’s extension, all my Carlyle toons: http://t.co/FoqxyzJGA7

  • NotTheCanucksnaphook

    rustynail  doesnt matter tho.  Leafs Management does not care.

  • peterbleafs

    Geez is this ever a brutal decision by Shanahan…strike one.  Keeping him on is a warning, extending him is a moronic decision….My goodness, how dumb can he get, cant wait to hear his logic

  • Darkside Beleafer

    NotTheCanucksnaphook Really? I thought Bolland was one of Randy’s no. 1 guys.

  • dontcallmeshirley

    Hammertownleaffan  In 29 other markets that statement goes unnoticed. Here the leaf media are trolls and make  controversy every chance it gets.

  • LeafFan15

    Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine Carlyle not getting fired let alone walking away with a 2 year contract extension. Fuuuuuuuuuuck.