Randy Carlyle has been fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
No immediate replacement was named by GM David Nonis although the team said assistant coaches Peter Horachek and Steve Spott will handle coaching duties in the next game Wednesday night as the Leafs host the Washington Capitals.
The Leafs (21-16-3) are fourth in the Atlantic Division with 45 points, one point ahead of the Boston Bruins for the second Eastern Conference wild-card berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“I want to thank Randy for all of his hard work and dedication,” Nonis said in a statement. “It’s never an easy decision to make when changing your leadership but our team was not trending in the right direction and we felt an immediate change was necessary.”
Hired by the Maple Leafs on March 2, 2012, Carlyle compiled a record of 91-78-19 record in 188 games. The 58-year-old holds a career NHL coaching record of 364-260-80 overall record in 704 games with the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto.