One of the hotly debated topics of the off-season for the Toronto Maple Leafs will be the future of Head Coach Randy Carlyle. With the disappointing ending to their 2013-14 season, there are many calling for his firing.
I’ve also heard a lot of people talking about how the Leafs shouldn’t fire Carlyle because there is not many experienced coaches out there. To those people, I have two things to say. First, the Leafs have had an experienced coach for the past decade and it hasn’t really helped now has it. Maybe the Leafs could look for an up-and-comer. Second, there are now experienced coaches there.
Peter Laviolette has been available for most of the season. Barry Trotz has finally been let go by the Nashville Predators. It is likely that John Tortorella won’t be back with the Vancouver Canucks. Not to mention that teams in the playoffs could make drastic changes if they’re eliminated early, Pittsburgh and Minnesota especially.
If the Leafs choose to fire Carlyle, there will be no shortage of choice of available coaches for hire. As Brendan Shanahan looks to change the Leafs’ culture and identity, the choice of coach will be very important.