Leafs fire coach Ron Wilson, hire Randy Carlyle

March 03, 2012 - 5:23 am
Maple Leafs president and GM Brian Burke fired coach Ron Wilson after a 1-9-1 run hindered the team's chances of making it to the playoffs. Former Ducks coach Randy Carlyle was named as Wilson's replacement. "This was not an easy decision for me to make," Burke said Friday night in a statement. Wilson had a 130-135-45 record with the Leafs. Toronto is 29-28-7 this season. The 55-year-old Carlyle coached Anaheim for seven seasons and led the team to five playoff appearances before being fired 24 games into this season. He arrived at the Leafs' team hotel Friday night but blew past reporters. "Although it's always tough to see a coaching change, we are certainly happy for Randy," Anaheim general manager Bob Murray said in a statement. "It was simply a matter of time before he had another opportunity to be a head coach in this league. He's a great coach, and we wish him the best in Toronto." Wilson, 56, signed a contract extension in December and will be paid through the end of next season. He's coached 1,401 career games with Anaheim, Washington, San Jose and Toronto, recording a 648-561-91 record with 101 ties.