TORONTO – It was a cool March morning in Montreal when Brian Burke, then the leader of the Maple Leafs, sat at a podium, full of piss and vinegar over the 18-wheeler collapse, to explain why it was time to fire the head coach. Nolan Cromwell Jersey . Burke claimed it would be cruel and unusual punishment to let Ron Wilson coach another game at the Air Canada Centre, where chants of Fire Wilson rained down less than a week earlier. He claimed that the players werent paying attention, werent buying the product Wilson was selling. And thus, he said, it was time for a new coach to assume control. …at some point players tune out the coach, Burke said in the spring of 2012. And I think the shelf life of a coach is tied directly to how hard that coach is. The harder that coach is on players, the shorter the shelf life usually is unless you have success. Under Brendan Shanahan and a revamped management team, the Leafs are once again staring at that same question, only for the coach who replaced Wilson on that day more than two and a half years ago, Randy Carlyle. The Carlyle-led Leafs are under the microscope again after two disastrous defeats in a matter of days, one to the worst team in the league and another which saw Nashville score nine times. Youre always in a position of doubt when things go awry with your hockey club, Carlyle said of his job security, less than 24 hours after the 9-2 loss at home to the Predators. Firing Carlyle would be the easy decision, the simplest choice to make for the short-term. The more difficult questions, however, lie at the core of a roster which has proven to be flawed, a roster thats questionable to even reach the postseason with all parts functioning, let alone compete for a Cup. Its not Randys fault, said Phil Kessel after a 90-minute practice on Wednesday morning. Obviously were on the ice. Were the ones that are playing the games. I dont think people should be blaming him. Like Wilson, Carlyle bears his share of blame. Hes been unable to sell his product, hasnt affected defensive improvement and has proven mostly stubborn to change. But bigger than him is that core – one thats mostly locked up for the long-term – and what to do about it. A crowd of sizeable contracts make it an especially difficult challenge to confront. Eight players are on the books until 2018, three more until 2020 and beyond. How to wade through those waters, free up cap room and start rebuilding from the ground up is the real task at hand for Shanahan, both this season and beyond. Because hes never run an NHL front office before, its difficult to predict where he might go, though his measured approach shortly after being hired in April may provide a road map for his first real crisis-point as team president. Rather than react instinctively to the destruction of another late season collapse, Shanahan took a more careful, introspective look at what he had. He assessed all corners of the organization before ultimately deciding upon a course that saw Carlyle kept, three assistant coaches fired, two more hired, two longtime front office members dismissed and then three more hired after that, including Mark Hunter as director of player personnel most recently. Comprehensive evaluation of the roster would seem to be the wisest path in the present and right now, that evaluation is limited to just 19 games – though the failure of the roster in each of the past three seasons would seem to be difficult to ignore. The Leafs boast and have boasted one of the highest payrolls in the league and thats a problem given their limited success – just one playoff appearance and nothing more – a problem that Shanahan and his staff need to somehow alleviate. Does that mean parting with Phaneuf, who still has six years left with an annual cap hit of $7 million? (Is moving a contract of that size even possible?) Does that mean scrounging desperately for a suitor for Clarkson, who is on pace for 26 points this season, or Lupul, whos been hurt for much of his Toronto tenure? Might the deconstruction of the core even extend to the extreme of trading Kessel, by the far the most talented player in an organization short on high-end talent? The latter is a difficult, franchise-changing decision, one that would be hard to make given Kessels unique skill-set. (Like Phaneuf, how tradable he is given the size of the contract is another issue to confront.) Shanahan is ultimately tasked with determining which pieces are worth keeping toward the goal of Cup contention, which are not and then what can be done about it. Were going to be as patient as we have to be, Dave Nonis, Shanahans second in command, said Wednesday. Were not going to make a deal just to make one. Were not going to do some things that maybe would look pretty or sexy, but would set our team backwards. These are big decisions, decisions that need to be made with a measured approach and not at the whim of a frustrated fan-base; decisions that the new leader of the Leafs needs to contemplate if the goal is to ultimately capture the Cup and not simply land a playoff spot and hope for the best. Eric Dickerson Jersey . -- Get a flow chart ready to follow the Packers quarterback situation. Nickell Robey-Coleman Jersey . They signed their first kicker. Ottawa inked Nick Setta, a 32-year-old native of Lockport, Illinois, to a contract. http://www.authenticramsfansclub.com/Black-Friday-Connor-Barwin-Jersey/ . Nowitzki scored 28 points, Harris had a season-high 14 for the second straight game and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 116-106 Sunday night.New York, NY - The National Basketball Association fined Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes $25,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a fan during Sundays win over the Phoenix Suns. The incident occurred midway through the second quarter after Barnes was whistled for an offensive foul. After Barnes received notice of the fine, he lashed out on Twitter, claiming that hiss words were directed at the owner of the Suns, Robert Sarver, and not a fan. Mark Barron Jersey. This is Barnes second $25,000 fine this season. He was also punished for kicking a water bottle into the stands and directing foul language at fans in a loss to the Wizards on Dec. 12. The well-traveled small forward is averaging 9.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in his 12th NBA season. 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