April 12 2015 01:02PM
It's not often that you see a team fire essentially half of its front office and coaching staff in one fell swoop, but then again, it's not often you see a professional hockey team as bad as the Leafs.
As has been expected for a while now, the hammer came down this morning. The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired general manager Dave Nonis, coaches Peter Horachek, Steve Spott and Chris Dennis, and goaltending coach Rick St. Croix.
Steve Staios was one of the few non-Brendan Shanahan hires to survive the personnel changes, while Mark Hunter and Kyle Dubas will handle all interim GM duties.
For most, this is a positive change. For some, the wrong people were blamed.
Nonis. Carlyle. Poulin. Loiselle. Farrish. Cronin. Gordon. Spott. Horachek, St. Croix. All good people let down by underperforming players.— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) April 12, 2015
Ok, deep breaths, people. Let's break this down. More after the jump...
April 12 2015 12:19PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs may have dropped a huge HR bomb this morning in firing Dave Nonis, Peter Horachek, and three others, but they don't appear to be done yet. According to Mark Spector of Sportsnet, they have also fired Director of Professional Scouting Steve Kasper.
April 12 2015 10:12AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs wasted no time in making wholesale changes this morning, letting go of five members of staff, including General Manager Dave Nonis and interim Head Coach Peter Horachek. The Leafs have also announced some position shuffling. Here's exactly how everything has gone down.
April 11 2015 09:40PM
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Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Peter Horachek didn't win many games as the club's interim bench boss, but he did accomplish something long believed to be impossible: he made Leafs fans miss Randy Carlyle.
To the surprise of absolutely nobody Horachek will reportedly not be brought back as the Maple Leafs' coach, according to Sportsnet's Damien Cox. The changes may not stop there though, as the future of Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis remains in significant doubt.
April 11 2015 08:31PM
Tonight marks the end of an era. A long, overdue goodbye to a harmful piece of the Leafs organization that despite having a large number of fans supporting him, never really had the success to match it.
(Tyler Bozak? Colton Orr? Dave Nonis? Peter Horacheck? Who knows, really. But this was likely the last hurrah for one or more of the gentlemen of the Leafs' brass.)
Oh, and the Leafs played a somewhat entertaining 4-3 hockey game against their rival Montreal Canadiens.