For Ron Wilson, the shelf life lasted 310 games.
After three seasons of missing the playoffs – and with his team in a nosedive towards yet another early exit -the Toronto Maple Leafs fired the veteran head coach on Friday night and replaced him with former Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.
“This was not an easy decision for me to make,” Burke said in a statement. “I want to thank Ron for all of his hard work and dedication to our organization over the past four seasons.”
As surprising as the timing was – Carlyle, who won a Stanley Cup with Burke in 2007, is expected to be behind the bench for Saturday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens – most had been predicting Wilson’s demise for several days. The Leafs, who had been in sixth place less than a month ago, had recently fallen out of a playoff spot after a run of 1-9-1. During a loss at home on Tuesday, “Fire Wilson!” chants echoed throughout Air Canada Centre.