May 8, 2014 (ISN) – The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed head coach Randy Carlyle to a two-year contract extension but his assistant coaches will not be returning next season.
Carlyle was entering the final year of his existing contract.
Assistant coaches Dave Farrish, Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin will not be returning next season. No new assistants have been hired as yet.
Carlyle took over the coaching reins from previous head coach Ron Wilson with 18 games remaining in the 2011-12 season.
“It was important, after a disappointing end to the season and the arrival of Brendan as team president, to conduct a thorough review of the organization as we continue the work of building a winning tradition and culture for the Maple Leafs,” said Maple Leafs genereal manager Dave Nonis in a statement. “That process started with the head coach, and as we analyzed it, we decided together that Randy Carlyle was the right person to lead this team. In Randy we know that we have a leader who has enjoyed a high level of success as both a player and a coach, including a Stanley Cup championship. It was important that the positives Randy brings to our team were not overshadowed by a finish to the season that we all must take responsibility for.”
His most successful season was in the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign, when he led the Leafs to a 26-17-5 record and the team’s first playoff berth since 2003-04.
They went on to suffer a shocking defeat in Game 7 of their opening round series, giving up three-goal third period lead in the final 11 minutes of regulation and falling in overtime to the Boston Bruins.
The 2013-14 season looked promising for the Leafs who were looking to build on their playoff appearance, but a lengthy losing streak during the final stretch would cost them a postseason spot.
Carlyle, who led Anaheim to its first-ever Stanley Cup in 2007, is entering the final year of his contract with the Maple Leafs. He is the 16th head coach to have both played and coached for the team.
“I appreciate the support of Brendan, Dave and the entire organization and am looking forward to working with them to get the Maple Leafs back into the playoffs,” said Carlyle. “We have a strong foundation here and everyone wants to get back to work to deliver the results that we know this team is capable of. At the same time, I’d like to extend my gratitude to my assistant coaching staff. Their contributions will continue to be an important part of this team’s success in the future, and for me personally, will always be reflected in me as a head coach.”