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Nonis: I’m not firing Carlyle

Dec 18, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

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Leafs GM Dave Nonis addressed the future of his struggling club on Wednesday, making it clear he wasn’t going to make a change just for the sake of making a change.

“It’s not happening,” Nonis told the Toronto Sun about firing head coach Randy Carlyle, or shaking things up via trade. “We’re not making a move [player or coach] for the sake of making a move. We’re not trading a young player away that will erode our depth or take youth out of our lineup. We don’t do that.”

The Leafs have three wins in their last 13 and just one regulation win since Nov. 19. Wednesday’s 3-1 loss — at home — to the Florida Panthers was considered by many to be the low point of the season, but Nonis said anybody waiting for Carlyle to be fired was “going to be waiting a long time.”

What’s more, Nonis essentially shot down all trade rumors by bashing the offers that have come his way.

“I’m getting a lot of offers on players, but the offers are all a joke,” he said. “I’m not about to trade a quality player for someone who can’t help us. That’s what’s being presented our way.”

On that note, here’s a tidbit from TSN’s most recent Dreger Report:

Nonis has been trolling the league looking for trades and admits he has had offers on James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly and both his goalies.

However, the general managers with the most interest have yet to produce anything beyond older players in return or trade packages that are not useful to the Maple Leafs in the long term.

It seems as though Nonis is prepared to let his team try and dig its way out of the current situation. The Leafs do have a few things working for them — they play four of their next five at home, for example — and stringing together some solid performances could go a long way in silencing some of the whispers.

  1. slaugin - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    So much for the leafs being relavent.

    • blomfeld - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:20 PM


      A pretty gloomy assessment about the Leafs eh ? However there’s one line in this story which immediately caught my attention … “Nonis has been trolling the league looking for trades and admits he has had offers on James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner, Morgan Rielly and ‘both’ his goalies”. Could this mean friends that our former comrade Jonathan Bernier will be ‘set free’ to pursue his true potential in a ‘normal’ and God fearing city ? … a la Phoenix, Dallas or Anaheim ? Truth be known, I never really did care for the idea of trading Bernier to a team like the Leafs … kind of like using vintage wine to hose down the car. Of course I knew we had to let him go, but to a team like Toronto ?

      God speed comrade Bernier and here’s to hoping that you finally get a break ! :)

      • esracerx46 - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        God fearing city? Aren’t you an L.A. Kings fan? Thought god and LA were mutually exclusive.

    • sunderlanding - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      Win or loose the Leafs will always be relavent.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        And win or lose, the Leafs will always be relevant.

      • sunderlanding - Dec 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Wow good job! Maybe you should spend more time at ProWritterTalk.

  2. esracerx46 - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    If Eakins were still around….

  3. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    I mean, look at is this way.. if they hadn’t come as close to beating the Bruins in the playoffs last year, these kind of expectations would never exist. In my opinion, the whole fact that they had the chance to beat the Bruins was because of what the Bruins did wrong in a few games, not what the Leaf’s did right. I think there is this huge belief that because the Bruins made it to the finals, and battled to the end with the Blackhawks, then ipso-facto, than the Leaf’s must of been able to do the same thing as well… The fact is, they’re a building team going through growing pains. It will happen for them, everyone just needs to loosen the reins a little and let the pieces fall where they may.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      They are a middling team, and with a few key players missing have slipped to being a below average team. I give them an A- in goal, a C for defense, and a C for the forwards, generally.

      • withseidelinn - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:09 AM

        I’d give a bit higher grade for forwards, just because of their offensive ability. Need to improve on zone defines though.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:13 AM

        You can’t give an A+ rating to the forwards when they’re getting record low shots on goal per game. An A- is fine with all the pieces, but I’d be hard pressed to say anything above B right now.

  4. sampulls - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Leafs Lick

  5. sampulls - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Clarckson signing – need I say more?

  6. slysipops - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    NONIS to the LEAFS FAITHFUL……………..

  7. steelers88 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    The dreaded vote of confidence.

  8. vanindeed - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Weren’t they best team in Canada 6 weeks ago?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      Now it’s just Ontario, and not by much.

  9. kingcobraman - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    its not how you start its how you finish,, one the most profound quotes in sports….Toronto like every team goes through peaks and valleys… Toronto hopefully will be in the playoff picture …

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