Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis met with team president Brendan Shanahan and made the decision to keep current head coach Randy Carlyle. It was a mutual decision and what both men thought was best for the franchise moving forward.
The Maple Leafs presented Carlyle with a two year contract extension. Despite keeping head coach, former assistants Dave Farrish, Greg Cronin and Scott Gordon will not be returning.
Nonis said the following in a released statement:
”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.”
Carlyle is excited for the next two years:
”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. 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.”
With all the firing of head coaches throughout the league, the Maple Leafs are taking a different step and not blaming all negatives of last season on the coach alone. An admirable quality in a hockey franchise.