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Leafs stand by their coach, give Carlyle contract extension

May 8, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are indeed bringing back head coach Randy Carlyle next season, and they’ve given him a two-year contract extension to boot.

The decision — announced today by general manager Dave Nonis, and made “with input and support from team president Brendan Shanahan,” according to a release — will be a controversial one in Toronto, where criticism of Carlyle peaked late in the 2013-14 season as the Leafs fell precipitously out of a playoff spot.

Obviously, the Leafs didn’t side with the critics.

“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.”

In the same release, the club announced that assistant coaches Dave Farrish, Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin will not be returning next season.

  1. shaundre93 - May 8, 2014 at 3:28 PM


    Insanity: Doing the same things over and over again while expecting different results. Leafs management is insane. Don’t think Randys a bad coach but come on, somethins gotta give up there. Changes need to be made

    • bilbono - May 8, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Seems like every offseason, management could sign a lot of high-profile free agents with all of that cash MLSE rakes in. Someone doesn’t want to play in Toronto? Outbid everyone!

    • billiam55 - May 8, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      how about buying Phaneuf and clarkson out. get some real defensive depth.

  2. withseidelinn - May 8, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Now we just need some defensive minded assistant coaches and ….. some defensemen.

    • billiam55 - May 8, 2014 at 9:36 PM


  3. snipedanglecelly13 - May 8, 2014 at 3:37 PM


  4. penvik - May 8, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    I’m a Leaf hater and this is not good. Carlyle is a good coach, I was hoping they would choke and fire him. Damn, keeping him makes them a better team then hiring somebody else. Lol at the comments above, something DOES have to change and it’s the players, NOT the coaches. Wish Carlyle would have went somewhere else, just hope the GM chokes now and keeps the same lineup :)

  5. jernster21 - May 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    One more bad season and Nonis will be standing next to Carlyle in the unemployment line so it doesn’t really matter much either way.

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - May 8, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Like I said, never mess with success!
    They mentioned his Stanley Cup win. Indeed.
    Since the end of World War II (and happy V-E Day to any vets out there!!!), quite a few coaches have won a Cup with one team and then enjoyed the same success with another team. First, there’s Scotty Bowman, and then there’s, um, er…

  7. feedmetherock - May 8, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    HAHAHAHA.. that is awesome.. in 24/7 you could even see that there was tension between him and the players.. dial up another losing season.. excellent

  8. joey4id - May 8, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Continuity behind the bench is not a negative for the Leafs. Their biggest problem this year was their lack of effective d men. GM needs to make some changes on the back end and Randy needs to have the boys play a tighter d system. Unfortunately, the former is easier said than done.

  9. beergold - May 8, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    And until the Leafs admit that the Kessel and Phaneuf “franchise players” experiment is a bust the results will be the same year after year after year. Carlyle is doomed in Laff Land! Richest garbage organization in professional sports history bar none!

  10. muckleflugga - May 8, 2014 at 4:42 PM


    there’s no unemployment in canada … harper does all our recruiting in the philippines

    walked into a mcdonald’s, tim horton’s or any government office in recent years …?

    no heengleesh, hno propleem

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 8, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Ugh. People named Harper who I feel are worthy of our respect: Valerie Harper, Terry Harper, Harper Lee. The chap at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, not so much.

  11. opattytheirishrover - May 8, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Mister muckle,

    As much as I hate to say it did,
    Your comment had me chucking pretty hard. I gotta say I enjoy reading your comments, and what’s more is I enjoy watching pee-ons getting called out for acting like…just that.

    How many times can comments about being in a basement trolling be funny? Not many I’m guessing.

    In the two countries I’ve lived in, neither place had a basement. Thanks to “wizard of oz” I now know.

    Keep on rocking in the free world, peace be with you.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Considering you keep the same format and ridiculous content in your posts, we all know when you open up a new username.

  12. muckleflugga - May 8, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    tough to top harper lee … she recently agreed to putting to kill a mockingbird into epub format … with truman capote, each reinvented american literature … personal heroes both

    for hockeyflow33, literature involves those big book things that sadly, lack those really neat piktures of nekkid laydees

    back at you, opattytheirishrover … tough to beat neil young, champion of first nations peoples being royally screwed-over by the quintessential horses-ass, stephen harper, toad to the republican labour hating ticket

    interestingly, neil’s dad was the late scott young, a highly respected sports and hockey writer … he was turfed by by a gutless cbc and hockey night in canada, under pressure from leafs and leafs’ co-owner john bassett

    scott young found his way into the hockey hall of fame, john bassett, not yet

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