Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sliding Maple Leafs fire Wilson as coach

The Maple Leafs' slide out of a playoff position has cost coach Ron Wilson his job.

Wilson was fired Friday night and replaced by former Ducks coach Randy Carlyle, who was expected to be behind the bench tonight against the Canadiens.

In late January, the Leafs appeared to be on their way to ending a playoff drought that stretches to 2004. But a 1-9-1 run starting Feb. 7 sent them tumbling out of a playoff spot. They are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, five points out of the final playoff spot.

Toronto has the league's second-longest current playoff drought, seven years.

The firing came two months after Wilson, 56, hired in 2008, was given a one-year contract extension. "This was not an easy decision for me to make," general manager Brian 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."

Chants of "Fire Wilson!" echoed through Air Canada Centre when the Maple Leafs fell 5-3 to the Panthers on Tuesday. It was Wilson's 1,400th career NHL game coached, tying him with Pat Quinn for fourth on the all-time list.

Carlyle, 55, was fired by the Ducks on Nov. 30 after a 7-13-4 start that had them tied for the second-fewest points in the league with 18. He was in Anaheim for 61/2 seasons.

game highlights: Devils wing Zach Parise had a hat trick before leaving a 5-0 win over the host Capitals after being hit simultaneously by Washington's Brooks Laich and Matt Hendricks near the boards. Parise was helped off and taken toward the locker room. He was on the bench in the third period, smiling and chatting with teammates, and played briefly on a power play with about six minutes left. "I was a little shaken up at first," Parise said. "And then after a little while, it went away."

around the league: Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom missed Friday's game with the Wild and is out Sunday against the Blackhawks with a deep bone bruise on an ankle. He also missed Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets. … Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk will have surgery Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his left foot and will miss four to six weeks. He was hurt blocking a shot against the Islanders on Thursday. … Sharks coach Todd McLellan returned to the team for the first time since sustaining a concussion when he was hit in the head by a stick on the bench Sunday against the Wild.

Blackhawks 0 2 0 2
at Senators 1 0 0 0

First Period1, Ottawa, Michalek 29 (Spezza, Gilroy), 15:35. PenaltiesBollig, Chi (roughing), 10:06; Konopka, Ott (roughing), 10:06; Cowen, Ott (interference), 10:06.

Second Period2, Chicago, Bickell 7 (Sharp, Kruger), 5:14. 3, Chicago, Hossa 27 (Sharp, Mayers), 9:48 (pp). PenaltiesGilroy, Ott (tripping), 9:31.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesStalberg, Chi (tripping), 2:15. Missed Penalty ShotSharp, Chi, 2:18 second. Shots on GoalChicago 17-17-5—39. Ottawa 9-7-10—26. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 1 of 2; Ottawa 0 of 1. GoaliesChicago, Emery 13-8-2 (26 shots-25 saves). Ottawa, Lehner 3-1-0 (39-37).

at Red Wings 2 3 1 6
Wild 0 0 0 0

First Period1, Detroit, V.Filppula 20 (Zetterberg, Kronwall), :35. 2, Detroit, Smith 1 (Abdelkader, Cleary), 16:04. PenaltiesClutterbuck, Min (delay of game), 1:08; N.Johnson, Min (slashing), 6:56.

Second Period3, Detroit, Helm 8 (Franzen, Kronwall), 7:05. 4, Detroit, V.Filppula 21 (Zetterberg, Kronwall), 16:35. 5, Detroit, White 7, 17:42. PenaltiesHudler, Det (holding), 10:45.

Third Period6, Detroit, Zetterberg 15 (V.Filppula, White), 5:30. PenaltiesCullen, Min (cross-checking), :36; Powe, Min (holding), 5:48; Heatley, Min (roughing), 8:39; Smith, Det (interference), 13:38; Cleary, Det, double minor (roughing), 17:42; Kassian, Min, double minor (roughing), 17:43. Shots on GoalMinn. 5-5-9—19. Detroit 13-12-10—35. Power-play opportunitiesMinn. 0 of 3; Detroit 0 of 5. GoaliesMinn., Harding 9-10-4 (29 shots-23 saves), Hackett (5:30 third, 6-6). Detroit, Howard 33-13-2 (19-19).

Devils 3 2 0 5
at Capitals 0 0 0 0

First Period1, New Jersey, Parise 25 (Clarkson, Elias), 11:29 (pp). 2, New Jersey, Parise 26 (Kovalchuk, Henrique), 17:50. 3, New Jersey, Zubrus 16 (Clarkson), 18:19. PenaltiesHendricks, Was (high-sticking), 11:05.

Second Period4, New Jersey, Parise 27 (Henrique, Salvador), 3:08. 5, New Jersey, Elias 21 (Zubrus), 15:02 (sh). PenaltiesGreene, NJ (high-sticking), 13:37.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesSalvador, NJ (interference), 7:45; Schultz, Was (slashing), 13:31. Shots on GoalNew Jersey 7-7-6—20. Washington 7-11-5—23. Power-play opportunitiesNew Jersey 1 of 2; Washington 0 of 2. GoaliesNew Jersey, Hedberg 14-7-2 (23 shots-23 saves). Washington, Neuvirth 9-10-3 (20-15). A18,506 (18,398). T2:15. Referees—Paul Devorski, Tom Kowal. LinesmenTim Nowak, Anthony Sericolo.

Sliding Maple Leafs fire Wilson as coach 03/02/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 2, 2012 11:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    The Austin Pruitt experiment might be over, or at least be put on pause. After allowing six runs over seven innings to Seattle on Friday, the rookie didn't get through the fourth Wednesday, giving up five runs on four homers. ERA for past six starts: 5.29.

  2. Rays journal: Homer-happiness returns against Blue Jays

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays are back to hitting home runs, which was the norm of the offense for much of the season before the offense went cold.

    Adeiny Hechavarria greets teammate Kevin Kiermaier after his home run during the third inning at the Trop.
  3. Jones: Stop talking and start building a new Rays stadium

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was good to see Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred at Tropicana Field on Wednesday, talking Rays baseball and the hope for a new stadium somewhere in Tampa Bay.

    Commissioner Rob Manfred is popular with the media on a visit to Tropicana Field.
  4. Rays vs. Blue Jays, 1:10 p.m. Thursday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Today: vs. Blue Jays

    1:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  5. Browns to start rookie QB DeShone Kizer vs. Bucs


    BEREA, Ohio — DeShone Kizer will be next through the Browns' quarterback turnstile.

    He doesn't want it to spin again soon.

    Browns rookie QB DeShone Kizer, left, will start vs. the Bucs on Saturday. He will be Cleveland’s 27th starter since 1999.