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Quick Reaction To The Firing Of Randy Carlyle

All via Twitter and make sure to click the names for more reaction from some of the tweets... (added 10:04am, I will be adding to this post for the next few hours, additions added after the jump.)

And the Mike Babcock-to-Toronto watch formally begins. Well, picks up momentum.

Coaching change only makes sense if its followed up by changing Kessel-Phaneuf core. Otherwise spinning your wheels.

-Damien Cox

It's the wrong time to appoint a full time head coach unless you truly believe in Peter DeBoer or Dan Bylsma. I'd wait to end of season.

I will say this for Randy Carlyle. In a challenging media market, with huge demands, he was a real pro to deal with. Pretty classy guy.

-Steve Simmons

I don't think I've ever seen a NHL fan base more thrilled at news that their coach was fired than Leafs fans are right now.

-Conor McKenna

Coach always gets it, but this is on #Leafs players just as much. Is it really that difficult to pick up some defensive habits?

-Terry Koshan

I would doubt any major trades will be in Toronto until the real coach is hired. Shanny and group are now on the clock.

-Shawn Simpson

Shanahan looked extremely downcast after joining the team in Winnipeg. Carlyle was not at Mondays practice.

-Lance Hornby

I don't think they make any move till Babcock signs extension. BTW his price just went up.

-Matthew Barnaby

If I'm the Leafs, I don't piss away this lucky start waiting for Babcock. Hire Dan Bylsma now and turn it into a legit playoff spot.

-James Gordon

Anyone else hoping the Red Wings announce Mike Babcock extension today?

-Ian Mendes

Shanahan and Nonis share in decision to fire Carlyle. All players now potential trade targets.

-Darren Dreger

TOR hierarchy to review all coaching options over next couple of days but most likely scenario: Peter Horachek becoming interim head coach.

For now, all options remain open. IMO, No. 1 reason Carlyle not fired in off-season was because TOR didn't see another guy worth 5 yrs/$2M+.

-Bob McKenzie

If Dave Nonis survives what has got to be the coming storm for the Leafs, then his political skills are Grade A.

-Bruce Arthur

added 10:08am,

Thank God the Leafs gave Carlyle that extension last spring. Seriously, was that not the most unnecessary move in the history of sports????

-David William Naylor

added 10:33am,

Dave Nonis says #leafs management has been discussing Randy Carlyle's firing for "awhile."

-Chris Johnston

added 10:47am,

All indications are Carlyle bought into analytics and knew Leafs had to change the way they play. Problem is he couldn't get them to change.

-Dan Rosen

added 10:52am,

Sportsnet has some Twitter reaction too.

added 11:49am,

If the Leafs are looking for a coach that holds players accountable, and by all means they should be, Babcock has got to be front-runner

-Katie Strang

added 12:08pm,

This team is hiring Mike Babcock. I've stuck the neck out...I'm comfortable w/ the whole torso out there. NO accident he hasn't extended.

-Greg Brady

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Slumpy's avatar

Wonder if this means Kessel and Bozak icetime will go down now lol.

I think Carlyle knew he was about to be fired and made those two gasp for air on long shifts for the last few weeks on purpose. His goalie musical chair bit grew old too, making it sound like God boy (Reimer) is as good as Bernier lol.

This team needsa legend like Doug Gilmour to coach these bozos. Straighten out those loafers.


Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 01/06/15 at 12:45 PM ET

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