Randy Carlyle is still the Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Will he stay that way for long? No one knows as of yet, so we’re left to speculate.
Since Brendan Shanahan took over as President and alternate Governor, the question of whether or not Carlyle would be brought back as coach has been asked over and over again. The decision should be made sooner rather than later, and for good reason.
If the Leafs decide to keep Carlyle, then announcing it now would put him at ease and allow him to start preparing for next season. Of course with the way the Leafs season ended, that decision would probably anger most of Leafs Nation.
If they were to fire Carlyle, doing it now would allow him to look for another job while there are other job openings. It would also allow the Leafs to look into the coaches that are available now. If they wait and the best available coaches were taken, then the Leafs would have to go with an unproven coach. That might not work out in a hockey hotbed like Toronto.
This decision is an important one so it does make sense that Leafs brass is thinking long and hard about it. However, for both the Leafs and Carlyle, it is better if the decision is made in the next couple weeks.