Leafs' coach Wilson 'isn't going anywhere
Randy Carlyle barely had the opportunity to hit the unemployment line when rumours of his imminent arrival to the Maple Leafs engulfed the city of Toronto.
But before many Torontonians had the chance to sip their first cup of steaming morning java, Leafs president Brian Burke attempted to put an end to all the out-of-control Carlyle-to-Hogtown speculation.
“Sad to hear about Randy Carlyle,” Burke tweeted on Thursday morning. “But our coach isn’t going anywhere!”
That’s good news for Ron Wilson, notsomuch for his detractors who wanted him gone after last season already.
There was no shortage of observers connecting the dots for a potential Burke-Carlyle reunion when the Ducks fired their long-time coach after, of all things, a victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the story out of Orange County was that Carlyle’s replacement is Bruce Boudreau, who had been axed by the Washington Capitals just two days earlier.
Yes, Carlyle and Burke did win a Stanley Cup together in 2007, making the connection between the two an obvious one.
And, yes, Carlyle should be a relatively hot commodity on the NHL’s open coaching market.