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Dreger: 'Carlyle became a very easy target'

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NHL Network insider Darren Dreger joined NHL Live to discuss the firing of Randy Carlyle as Toronto Maple Leafs coach Tuesday and what's next for the organization.

Toronto is 21-16-3 and holds the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference but is 3-7-0 in its past 10 games and has allowed 34.4 shots per game, 29th in the League. The Maple Leafs completed a 2-5-0 road trip with a 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday in Carlyle's final game behind the bench.

"It's not just about the recent slide of the Maple Leafs," Dreger said. "The game they played versus the Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg frankly was a debacle. There was no will to compete in that game. There was a complete lack of execution from their top players. They certainly weren't as good as they were in the previous game versus the Minnesota Wild.

"There were a lot of problem signs in the game of the Toronto Maple Leafs. So it gets to the point when you're in a management position where you have to cut bait, because the Maple Leafs are still in a playoff spot … so try and salvage the second half of the season. If a big deal isn't there, [general manager] Dave Nonis continues to work the phones, then the next best option to try and shake things up, as we know history proves this, is to fire the head coach. Randy Carlyle became a very easy target."

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