Maple Leafs fire Ron Wilson

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TORONTO (AP) -- The Maple Leafs fired coach Ron Wilson on Friday and replaced him with Randy Carlyle.

Wilson was dismissed after leading the team through a disastrous month that included a slide out of playoff position in the Eastern Conference. He was wrapping up his fourth season in Toronto.

"This was not an easy decision for me to make," general manager Brian Burke said in a statement. "I want to thank Ron for all of his hard work and dedication to our organization over the past four seasons."

Carlyle was coaching Anaheim before he was replaced by Bruce Boudreau in December.

Burke hired Carlyle when he was with the Ducks in 2005, and Anaheim won the Stanley Cup in 2007.

Wilson compiled a 130-135-45 record with the Leafs.

The 56-year-old signed a contract extension in December and will be paid through the end of next season.

As recently as late January, the Leafs appeared to be well on their way to ending a playoff drought that stretches to 2004. But a 1-9-1 skid starting Feb. 7 sent them tumbling down the standings to 10th place, five points out of a playoff spot, and sealed Wilson's fate.