The Toronto Maple Leafs' slide out of a playoff position has cost head coach Ron Wilson his job, according to several reports.
Wilson was fired by his so-called friend, Leaf general manager Brian Burke, who is on the hot seat, or should be, himself because of his questionable decisions as general manager. Burke replaced Wilson Friday night with Randy Carlyle, a former Leaf defenseman who was fired earlier this season as coach of the Anaheim Ducks. Carlyle used to be Burke's coach when the latter was the GM of the Ducks. The Leafs, who only have one win in their last 11 games, have fallen out of a playoff spot, and are in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. The move comes just a few months after Wilson was given a one-year contract extension in late December. Carlyle will be behind the bench on Saturday evening when the Leafs play the Montreal Canadiens.