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.
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.
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.
Coach always gets it, but this is on #Leafs players just as much. Is it really that difficult to pick up some defensive habits?
I would doubt any major trades will be in Toronto until the real coach is hired. Shanny and group are now on the clock.
Shanahan looked extremely downcast after joining the team in Winnipeg. Carlyle was not at Mondays practice.
I don't think they make any move till Babcock signs extension. BTW his price just went up.
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.
Anyone else hoping the Red Wings announce Mike Babcock extension today?
Shanahan and Nonis share in decision to fire Carlyle. All players now potential trade targets.
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+.
If Dave Nonis survives what has got to be the coming storm for the Leafs, then his political skills are Grade A.
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
Dave Nonis says #leafs management has been discussing Randy Carlyle's firing for "awhile."
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.
Sportsnet has some Twitter reaction too.
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
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.