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.”
I remember when another coach we all loved dearly got his extension!
so maybe an extension means your fired, but were still friends
@boom973 Of the Toronto Maple Leafs!! :) (2)
@boom973.Alright!!SoThatMeanIts5YearContract?I Used2BeAMemberOfTheMapleLeafHotStove!!Really!! IWasHonoredtooHaveMetALotOfTheTopGuysInCharge!
moving to the other blog up..
Carlyle- we harped on it (defensive play) and only after Olympics (we didnt play well enough defensively)
Record shots against didnt happen post Olympics you idiot
@Belfour20/JB-45 except the guy that got the extension?
Question- how many games did the Leafs play 60 mins of hockey?
Question 2- what will be higher next year- our shots against average or Nonis' IQ?
I was pissed of when the teams response to an 8 game losing streak was hiring Shanahan instead of holding someone accountable be it the coach , Nonis or the waterboy . Nothing particular against Shanahan but I said at the time it was a cynical move , add another layer of suits.
@NotRealCanuckUK aaaahhhhhh an upgrade
Gardiner as good as gone? I hope we resign Reimer unless we get a fair return and can sign a reasonable back up.
@mlclearwater Reimer is long gone now
@mlclearwater I think a lot of players will be gone, once it's all said and done. We'll be like Calgary, but without the work ethic.
This honestly makes little to no sense even if you're throwing away the year which it looks like it may be covertly being done. You're also pissing of players who clearly do not like the coach. You're siding with a guy who has already lost the room. This is like resigning Vince Russo to an extension after her ruined WCW.
Management fired the ass. coaches and not Carlyle - WHAT IS GOING ON.
They have completely lost their minds
My dog's name is now changed to Islander from Maple (see updated avatar)
Better hope to win a cup with a much better run organisation
@NotRealCanuckUK You already have Canuck in your name......
question one should be "how do you resign a guy who says he has no answers for the team with the players you acquired?"
This team was one month away from all of us sucking RC nuts all year long. I'm as frustrated as all of you but just to change coaches so we could all be excited for 8 months until we turn on the next loser doesn't cut it either
Watching the playoffs , the teams that win have lineups that COMPETE.
In Randys defense , our lack of compete for long stretches this season was MINDBOGGLING
Building a winning organization takes patience, continuity, brains and luck. This says we have 2. The brains and luck are tbd. I'm more pissed how Nonis is handling our assets, RC needs to start to develop our young players (esp forwards)
"Carlyle is the best option". Nonis what are you sitting on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guy - we are up Shit Creek
here is my positive outlook. Nonis and Carlyle are both fired at the end of the year after the Leafs suck (but Rielly does awesome). Management is completely overhauled and they take a good long look at hiring Spott to be the coach after he has back to back successful seasons in the AHL
@Bruffins I hope so.
We needed a new coach and some changes to the roster. A new coach is an easy fix. That should have been step one. The pieces the Leafs' roster is missing (1C to replace Bozak, 2D to push Gunnarsson down the depth chart) are not easy to find. It's not like it matters, though. Nonis is just going to mess around with bottom-9 wingers, anyways. And move Reimer for peanuts.
TheTorontoTruculent @TOTruculent 1m
Dave Nonis "doesn't blame the assistant coaches for what went wrong." They "did a good job." Makes perfect sense that he fired them, then.
Nonis doesn't blame the assistants?
Who does he blame then? The players he put in place, ergo, himself?
if game 7 last year was a 50 on the 1-100 horribleness scale, what would you rate today? just curious
@Bruffins If last year was a 50? I guess less than that, last year should be 100 though.
@Bruffins This is worse than game 7 IMO.
@Bruffins 1 and not just the extension, the absolute drivel coming from Nonis
Randy Carlyle says Toronto's lack of compete was confusing to him. This is gonna go great.
2014-05-08, 3:38 PM
@mcloki Why the fuck should he had figured it out in the last month
@mcloki He also saying the same thing about the PK and PP . Doesn't understand why its failed . And we extend this guy for 2 more yrs . God Almighty
@mcloki It was confusing to the fans, too, Randy. C'mon in, we'll hug it out.
@mcloki gonna faint, blacking out here.......