It sure looked like the Toronto Maple Leafs were trying to get their head coach fired Tuesday night.
The Leafs were torn apart in an embarrassing 9-2 loss to the Nashville Predators in front of the home crowd at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The club now has lost its last three games by a combined score of 17-5.
Tuesday’s game was particularly disheartening for Leafs fans because of the team’s lack of effort. However, Toronto defenseman Cody Franson was emphatic when he was asked after the game if the Leafs were trying to get head coach Randy Carlyle fired with their recent play.
“F–k no,” Franson told reporters.
Franson later apologized for swearing, but that certainly gets the point across.
Roman Polak was a little more diplomatic in defending Carlyle.
“This is on the players, not the coach,” he said, according to the Toronto Star.
Carlyle understands that questions about his job come with the territory, especially in a market like Toronto and especially after a 9-2 loss in the home barn.
“As I’ve stated before, when you get in this business, you’d better understand that when things don’t go well there’s going to be a huge amount of scrutiny that’s paid to your position,” Carlyle told reporters, according to the Toronto Star.
Thumbnail photo via Frank Gunn/The Associated Press
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