Horachek named interim coach for Maple Leafs, replacing Carlyle

BY foxsports • January 7, 2015


Peter Horachek will serve as interim coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, replacing fired coach Randy Carlyle.

Horachek and assistant coach Steve Spott will lead the team Wednesday night against the Washington Capitals.

General manager Dave Nonis pointed to inconsistency as the biggest reason for Carlyle's firing on Tuesday. Toronto is in eighth place in the Eastern Conference (21-16-3), with the Maple Leafs coming off a seven-game road trip and just two wins.

Last season, Horachek was the interim coach for the Florida Panthers. He was an assistant coach in Nashville for nine seasons.

The Maple Leafs also announced forward Carter Ashton has been assigned to their AHL affiliate. The 23-year-old didn't have a point in seven games with the Maple Leafs this season.

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