Randy Carlyle has been fired as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hired by the Maple Leafs on March 2, 2012, Carlyle compiled a record of 91 wins, 78 losses, and 19 overtime/shootout losses in 188 games behind the Maple Leafs’ bench.
I'm actually surprised Brendan Shanahan chose to use one of his bullets now. I figured he'd let Carlyle finish the season before bringing in his coach. Now, should the not-yet-announced interim coach finish the season strong, it will be difficult for Shanahan to make another coaching move.
Does Shanahan have an available coach in mind (Paul MacLean, anyone?) or will that move happen during the summer?
Or is this simply so he can evaluate what he has without Carlyle at the helm before deciding what to keep and what to toss over the side of a sinking ship?