Earlier today, the Leafs made a few changes to their staff.
Maple Leafs have made some staff changes. Jacques Lemaire, Jacques Caron, Nikolai Ladygin, Evgeny Namestnikov and Tommy Albelin have all left the organization.
First two were special assignment coaches with ties to Lamoriello. Other three in scouting department.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) June 28, 2018
First, they let go of Jacques Lemaire, Jacques Caron, Nikolai Ladygin, Evgeny Namestnikov, and Tommy Albelin.
Lemaire and Caron were special assignment coaches for the Leafs, and as Mirtle states in the tweet, had ties to Lamoriello, so it was probably more likely that they left the organization now that Lou is gone.
The other three were part of the Leafs scouts, and it makes sense for them to be let go after the draft, as it would make little sense to let them go before when they would not only not have the information they paid them to get, but they could then give it to another team.
The @MapleLeafs announced today that Dave Morrison has been promoted to Director of Player Personnel, Troy Bodie has been promoted to Director of Pro Scouting and Wes Clark has been hired as Assistant Director of Player Personnel. #TMLtalk
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) June 28, 2018
Then they promoted Dave Morrison to Director of Player Personnel, Troy Bodie to Director of Pro Scouting, and Wes Clark was hired on as Assistant Director of Player Personnel.
Morrison has been in the organization for nearly 15 years as a scout and Director of Pro Scouting, so I’d imagine this is a promotion he’s earned. Bodie was a former Leaf who got a job as a scout in the organization after he retired (most likely due to former president and CEO Tim Leiweke being his father-in-law), although the fact that he’s still here after Leiweke left means that he’s at least earned the job. Meanwhile, Wes Clark joins the organization being familiar with Dubas from the Soo, and also working with the Leafs as a player consultant before leaving to work with the Panthers.
So, what to make of all this. Honestly, not too much, this is pretty much just Dubas cleaning out and changing up the staff after Lou left. Pretty ordinary stuff when new management takes over.
Now Dubas, do the right thing and bring in Hayley Wickenheiser next.