TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs are Peter Horacheks team for the remainder of the season. Jonathan Cooper Jersey . Club president Brendan Shanahan said Friday the club wont hire a full-time head coach until after the season, meaning Horachek will remain behind the bench until that time. Horachek was promoted to interim head coach Wednesday, a day after Randy Carlyle was fired. Were going to wait until the off-season now, he said. Ive been pleased with just the early reports from Peter. Peter will be one of the people that we will consider at the end of the year but were going to wait until the end of the year. Shanahan wouldn’t get into the types of moves he anticipates making in the future, saying simply, “If we have an opportunity to make this team better, we will.” “We in management prepare for each and every game but you’re also constantly looking down the horizon. We certainly have a good feel for what we’ve seen so far, we don’t always share our plan because our plan can change.” “We (management) are watching and we wont be afraid to act if things dont get better.” Toronto dropped a 6-2 home decision to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, just hours after Horachek was promoted. The club resumes action Friday night, hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets. Shanahan spoke following Torontos pre-game skate, his first availability since Carlyles dismissal. The first-year president said he was his intention to meet with reporters at the halfway point of the season to discuss the teams fortunes to that point. Heading into Fridays action, Toronto (21-17-3, 45 points) is tied with the Florida Panthers for ninth in the Eastern Conference standings, three points behind eighth-place Boston (21-15-6), which faces Philadelphia later in the evening. But Toronto has dropped five of its last six games and is 2-8-0 in its last 10 contests. The Leafs havent won at home since Dec. 16 and their last victory in regulation came Dec. 28. I think our assessment has been fair to say that it hasnt been good enough, Shanahan said. Weve seen our team and this group play the kind of hockey we want to play, some very good hockey. But the fact of the matter is to have success in this league you have to be more consistent . . . we have not been consistent enough. We felt there was a change that needed to be made (and) going forward with this group as we now get into the second half were going to learn a lot more about the entire team. Shanahan said general manager Dave Nonis decided to make the coaching change following a discussion with the Leafs hierarchy. Shanahan added such conclusions are usually made by committee following a discussion involving himself, Nonis, assistant GM Kyle Dubas, player-personnel director Mark Hunter and Brandon Pridham, Noniss assistant. Its not any one person, he said. Generally speaking when we have a big decision to make or direction we want to go, we discuss it as a group. I think Dave felt it was his job to make that call. I agree with him, hes the general manager. He made that call, he made that announcement but we make all these decisions as a group, we dont hide behind any one person. Shanahan said with the coaching change, the onus is squarely on Leafs players to perform. Shanahan met with them following Fridays skate and made it clear management is watching with a clear mandate to make whatever changes are necessary to improve the clubs sagging fortunes. Once you get around this time of year and obviously with the changes we made to the coaching staff i felt it was a good time to remind them of what their expectations are and try to galvanize the group, he said. Were not at the end of the season, were at the midpoint of the season and theyre still in the hunt. How theyre going to be defined is really up to them at this point. I also wanted to make it very clear to them that were watching and that were on it. Whether weve seen some good things or bad things theyre not getting by us, theyre not escaping us. Were not going to be a group that is afraid to act if we feel were going to be able to make ourselves better. And Shanahan made it clear there are no untouchables on the Leafs roster. I dont know how many teams ever proclaim that players are untouchable, he said. If we have an opportunity to make this club better, we will. Following Friday nights home game, the Leafs will embark on a four-game road trip with contests against Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose and St. Louis before returning home to face Carolina on Jan. 19. Shanahan said he plans to make the trip to L.A. Its a tough trip, he said. We know that this is a difficult part of the schedule. I think its an important time for our guys so, yeah, I will be there. Chidobe Awuzie Jersey . 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Chris Owings drove in Didi Gregorius with a two-out single, then things got wacky. With runners at first and second, Mark Trumbo singled to centre field. Owings scored on the throw that was cut off by shortstop Alexi Amarista, whose throw home sailed over catcher Yasmani Grandal. The ball went straight to Despaigne, who was backing up the play, as A.J. Pollock scored from first base. The next batter, Miguel Montero, hit a fly ball into the left-field corner that Cory Spangenberg dropped for an error, allowing Trumbo to score. Aaron Hills single made it 5-2. San Diego scored twice in the fourth on Cahills wild pitch and Spangenbergs grounnder. Geoff Swaim Jersey. The Diamondbacks scored three insurance runs in the eighth on RBI singles from Gregorius and pinch-hitter Jordan Pacheco and a wild pitch. Arizona reliever Addison Reed gave up two runs in the ninth. 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