After a getaway vacation following his dismissal, Dave Nonis gave his first interview since being let go as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He offered some reflections on his time in Toronto and thoughts on the status of his former core players.
On Phil Kessel:
“I don’t think they have to move Phil Kessel,” said Nonis. “You only move him if you decide the return is worth it. If you don’t get value for him, you’re only hurting your team. I believe the baggage that comes with Phil is overblown. Are there things he has to change? Absolutely. But I can...
TSN Radio: Nylander and Brown on Marlies' season, playoffs (TSN 1050)
Connor Brown and William Nylander talk about the Marlies' strong finish to the season, look ahead to the AHL playoffs and discuss the Oilers winning the draft lottery.
James Mirtle: Why NHL teams should stop spending big on (most) goalies (The Globe and Mail)
The chart below is all 72 of the goalies that have made any type of playoff run in the salary-cap era, going back to 2006. A “run” in this case is defined as appearing in at least eight games, meaning they were into at least the...
The Neutral: Todd McLellan, Sharks mutually part ways (Fear The Fin)
Todd McLellan has become the first casualty of the Sharks' disappointing season, with general manager Doug Wilson announcing today that the team's head coach of seven years won't be returning to the bench for an eighth season.
Eric Duhatschek: Maple Leafs, Oilers would be wise to reach out to McLellan (The Globe and Mail)
Many believe the reason the Maple Leafs waited so long to clarify Randy Carlyle’s status with Toronto last summer, or why the coaching hire in Florida took forever was because NHL teams were waiting to see if...
Kyle Dubas joined Brady and Walker earlier this afternoon to discuss the Toronto Marlies, the lottery results, the management dynamics under Brendan Shanahan, the upcoming 2015 NHL draft and the NHL playoffs.
On the Marlies making the playoffs after their great run:
Especially because of who the players are that have really pushed the team forward in the second half; particularly after the trade deadline at the NHL level, the team has been really driven by Connor Brown, William Nylander, Brendan Leipsic, so on and so forth. It’s been really nice for us to watch from a management perspective as our...
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Canadiens upend Senators in overtime SN
Lack shines as Canucks even series SN
Marlies Clinch Playoff Spot TLN
McDavid talks Leafs, Oilers ahead of lottery SN
Why do people keep paying obscene amounts of money to watch the Leafs lose? FP
McDavid or not, Leafs will be happy Sun
McDavid is a generational prize TSN
“Under absolutely no circumstances” do Edmonton Oilers deserve Connor McDavid, says Ontario hockey writer Edmonton Post
Burke's potential role isn't clear, but the two have history dating back to their New Jersey Devils days.
He wouldn't exactly be an experienced candidate, but some may be unaware Burke has been in a managerial role for six years dating back to 2008, when he was hired by the Coyotes as the 'Director of Prospect Development.' He now works as both an AGM and a goalie coach in Phoenix.
Lance Hornby: Even if Leafs get McDavid, they have a long way to go (Toronto Sun)
“We must be realistic,” Dubas said, en route to watching the Marlies play Friday in Milwaukee....
It was a fun opening night of round one last night. Your recap:
Pittsburgh vs. NY Rangers - 7 p.m., CBC
Detroit vs. Tampa Bay - 7:30 p.m., Sportsnet
Minnesota vs. St. Louis - 9:30 p.m., Sportsnet 360
Winnipeg vs. Anaheim - 10:30 p.m., Sportsnet
Sean McIndoe: 10 Observations in the Aftermath of ‘The Slash’ (Grantland)
There may not be a combination of teams in the league that are any worse suited to handle this kind of situation. Montreal fans and media are obsessed with the team’s history and status, yet weirdly predisposed to view everything through the lens of shadowy conspiracy; Senators fans...
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Great Spring weather with playoff hockey in the air; the only way it gets any better is if the Leafs are playing instead of firing people. MLHS commenter Luke_R has set up a playoff bracket challenge for us; come compete for bragging rights.
The Bruins have fired Peter Chiarelli. Chiarelli did some great things to create the Bruins' window for contention and he can ultimately rest his head on his Cup ring, but he definitely had a bad couple of years that precipitated the closure of that window and steered the Bruins away from sustained...
All of your coverage from the past few days in one spot:
Brendan Shanahan well aware of past managerial downfalls
Brendan Shanahan's Media Address: Notable Passages
Brendan Shanahan's Media Address: Video
Bob McKenzie: Mike Futa could be perfect fit as Leafs GM
Leafs fire Director of Pro Scouting Steve Kasper and Director of Player Development Jimmy Hughes; Director of Amateur Scouting Dave Morrison expected to stay on
Leafs fire Dave Nonis, Peter Horachek, Steve Spott, Chris Dennis, Rick St. Croix
Kyle Cicerella: Kyle Dubas, Maple Leafs implementing a new vision for player development (Kyle The Reporter)
“I think to pigeonhole a player with the Marlies as...
As we continue to bat around candidates for the vacant Leafs GM role, Elliotte Friedman reported today that he's hearing the Leafs will try to request permission from Tampa Bay to speak to Julien BriseBois (as well Director of Player Personnel, Pat Verbeek, who oversees pro scouting for the Lighting).
No confirmation, but other teams would be surprised if Toronto did not at least try to interview both Julien BriseBois and Pat Verbeek from Tampa. No doubt there will be more. Verbeek played with both Shanahan (in New Jersey) and Hunter (in Hartford). As you can imagine, there were a...
It should be a busy day on the media rounds for Leafs players and management to say the least, with the exit interviews coming a day after what's being described as the biggest, swiftest organizational overhaul in Leafs history.
With the clearcutting more or less complete, we should get some more information on who all remains among the scouts today and maybe some hints about what the direction is going to be in terms of replacements for the jettisoned personnel.
Brendan Shanahan's press conference will air at 2 p.m. We'll have the stream up here when the time comes.
In a great piece on the 'Shanaplan' and the mass firings today by the Leafs, Bob McKenzie put forth the name Mike Futa as a good fit for the now-vacant GM’s role.
Los Angeles King exec Mike Futa is a name that will no doubt come up. When Buffalo and Calgary were looking for GMs, Futa was a prime candidate, but the Kings took him out of the mix, promoted him and gave him a new contract with some restrictions on when and what jobs he can entertain. Or not.
... He has an impressive hockey CV, dating back to his...
Brendan Shanahan has continued the organizational overhaul with the dismissal of Director of Pro Scouting Steve Kasper and Director of Player Development Jimmy Hughes, with a number of scouts expected to be dismissed shortly as well.
Last summer we spoke to Kasper, and here's one of the most notable quotes worth revisiting:
AB: Does the pro scouting staff measure players with anything other than their “eyeballs”? Does the team use any statistical metrics within their database of players?
SK: No, we are not using a statistical analysis. I am not saying there’s not room for that in the game, but sometimes a player’s contribution does...
It's official: Dave Nonis has been let go with two years left on his contract, while the entire Leafs coaching staff has been cleared out.
These six days will always stand out in our memories of Dave Nonis' tenure. We can argue until we're blue in the face about how legitimate the team's modest lockout season success was in the first place, but this was undoubtedly a detrimental week of moves following the 2012-13 season.
It's been rumoured the current management group views the Leafs' playoff appearance that year as a major setback to the franchise due to how badly the standing of...
The Leafs' disappointing season finished with one of their stronger performances of 2015, against a playoff-bound Montreal team.
The Leafs out-chanced Montreal in the first period, and despite blowing a lead in less than twenty seconds, they finished the period ahead after Casey Bailey's first NHL goal. The two teams were again essentially even in chances during the second period, but a late Canadiens goal left the game tied going to the third. Montreal then seized control of the game, out-chancing Toronto 9-0 in the first ten minutes of the third, but couldn't get a goal. Toronto managed to even...
“Ultimately, this team had to change. If we continued right where we were in November, we might not make the playoffs, we might be fighting for the playoffs, and even if we make the playoffs, we weren’t going to win. Is that what we want? Do we want to just be competitive, or do we want to build something to win a Stanley Cup? That’s the change we have to make. Not just to be competitive, we have to start thinking about winning and having higher expectations. Our expectations have to go in a new direction -- higher...
As the last billow of black smoke dissipated from the tirefire that was the 2014-15 Leafs season, Damien Cox had the latest on the next steps in Brendan Shanahan's continued overhaul of the Leafs organization.
Peter Horachek's out as expected, but nothing conclusive still on Nonis:
Cox also mentions two names that have been in the rumour circles for a while as possible front office adds:
The word on Rob Blake for a few months now has been that he's very comfortable in Los Angeles and has zero intention of leaving this offseason. As for Sean Burke, he's known to be actively...