The Toronto Maple Leafs, off to one of their worst starts ever, Friday fired Coach Doug Carpenter.
General Manager Floyd Smith announced the move after a morning meeting with Carpenter. No interim coach was named and Smith indicated it would be several days before such an appointment is made.Assistant Coach Tom Watt ran practice Friday. The Maple Leafs have the poorest record in the NHL, with just three points after 11 games.
Those said to be in line for the coaching job include Watt, Jacques Demers, Jim Schoenfeld, Terry Crisp and Dan Maloney.
Thursday night, the team lost its second straight game to the St. Louis Blues, 8-5. The Maple Leafs lost 8-3 Wednesday.
Toronto, which last season had one of the league's most potent offenses, has been outscored 54-28 this season.
"It's the nature of the game, wins and losses are the bottom line, and we haven't been winning so something had to be done," captain Rob Ramage said. "We need something. If this is the spark that puts some wins in the column for us then lets hope it's been the right decision."