Apr 12, 2015
By Kim O'Hare
Changes were inevitable for the Toronto Maple Leafs after their worst season in almost 20 years and President Brendan Shanahan didn’t waste any time making them.
Today, the Leafs fired general manager Dave Nonis and interim coach Peter Horachek and his entire staff, beginning a tumultuous off-season that could bring wholesale roster changes, as well.
Nonis was fired with three years left on his contract after the Leafs went 30-44-8 to finish with 68 points, the fewest in an 82-game season since 1996-97.
Shanahan will address the media Monday afternoon at Air Canada Centre.
Toronto was in a playoff position in early January when Nonis announced the firing of coach Randy Carlyle and subsequently replaced him with Horachek. At the time, Nonis blamed inconsistency for the firing and said he is “never worried about” his own job security.“
From the day he fired Carlyle day until the season ended last night, the Leafs went 9-28-5 to finish 27th in the NHL. The only silver lining to that is a 9.5 per cent chance of winning the Connor McDavid draft lottery to jump-start the rebuilding effort.
Horachek’s dismissal was expected. This is the second straight season he took over as interim coach (2013-14 with Florida Panthers) and was let go.
In addition to Horachek, assistants Steve Spott, Chris Dennis and Rick St. Croix were fired, while Steve Staios was moved back to the front office as manager of player development.
Assistant general manager Kyle Dubas and director of player personnel Mark Hunter will share interim duties until the Leafs hire a new general manager.