Maple Leafs feel there's still life in Randy Carlyle yet

The Toronto Maple Leafs re-upped coach Randy Carlyle for another two years, a move sure to be...

The Toronto Maple Leafs re-upped coach Randy Carlyle for another two years, a move sure to be unpopular with some fans who thought he should have been fired. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

Steve Simmons, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:21 PM ET

TORONTO - Two years ago, Ryan Getzlaf had a dreadful NHL season, scoring 11 goals, looking nothing like the star he was and the star he is now.

And just about everybody thought he was done as a big-time player.

This is how the Maple Leafs look at Randy Carlyle now. They see a terrific coach who had a dreadful season. They scoured the market place — both Dave Nonis and Brendan Shanahan — and kept asking the same question: Who’s better? And the answer they came up with was like one of those Mel Lastman commercials: Nooo-body.

Shanahan and Nonis, in their first major decision together, have taken a most unpopular stance. By not only agreeing to bring Carlyle back as coach, they have given him the keys the dressing room for this coming season and two more after that. That may be logistical — Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is forever paying someone not to play or coach — but they are more than adamant that Carlyle is up to the appointment.


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