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Carlyle Out as Leafs Coach:

They’re 21-16-3 and have a hold on the second wild card seed in the Eastern Conference. That, however, wasn’t good enough for Skout, or for Randy Carlyle to keep his job as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was dismissed on Tuesday. Assistant Coaches Peter Horachek and Steve Spott will run the team for the time being.

So why was Carlyle, who led the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a Stanley Cup championship in 2006-2007, relieved of his duties despite his team being five games over .500? For one, Toronto has lost seven of their last ten games, including a 5-1 blowout to the Winnipeg Jets last Saturday. The Leafs also struggled defensively throughout the first half of the season, allowing 3.18 goals per game. Fans have also been particularly vocal about the Leafs inconsistent play, compounded by the fact they have only made the playoffs once since the lockout of 2004-2005 and not hoisted the Cup since 1966-1967. An example of this fan frustration can be heard here Your text to link… .

Carlyle was hired as Maple Leafs coach on March 2nd, 2012 and complied a record of 91-78-19. He also coached the Mighty Ducks/Ducks from 2005-2012. In 11 years of coaching, Carlyle has a record of 364-260-80. His teams have qualified for the playoffs six times.

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