Is Randy Carlyle's job in jeopardy?

Head coach Randy Carlyle talks to media after a Toronto Maple Leafs practice at the Air Canada...

Head coach Randy Carlyle talks to media after a Toronto Maple Leafs practice at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont. on Monday October 7, 2013. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:13 PM ET

When you do fire your coach?

You do so when there is an apparent disconnect between coach and players regarding style, system, attitude and performance.

You do so when your own goals and expectations are not being met and both player development and team development is suffering.

You do so when the shelf life of the coach expires — and every coach has a wavering expiry date, no matter how good, how smart, how successful.

You do so when you have a roster you can’t change that requires change.

You do so when you have an obvious choice to take over (see Joel Quenneville moving in for Denis Savard) and know instinctively that choice must be made.

Randy Carlyle was a success last season and thus far a failure this season. He is the same coach: His team clearly isn’t the same.


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