Nonis didn’t want Carlyle as coach

When the club was looking for a coach to replace Ron Wilson in the grim days when last season transformed itself into a lost season, NHL sources say Nonis went to bat for Dallas Eakins, then and now the coach of the AHL Marlies. Nonis and other front-office executives were of the belief that Eakins is everything a modern-era coach should be; progressive but hard-nosed, communicative with players but never friends with them. Burke, of course, insisted on his old friend Randy Carlyle.

And though Carlyle certainly deserves a chance to prove himself in the coming 48-game season, the early returns on his tenure ā€” six wins in 18 games after taking over for Wilson in March ā€” suggest the old-school taskmaster may not be the best fit for one of the NHLā€™s youngest collections of athletes.

http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/article/1313004–nonis-knows-his-way-around-leafs-gm-role-feschuk

 


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