Nonis: I’m not firing Carlyle

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.”

6 Responses to Nonis: I’m not firing Carlyle

  1. leafy says:

    This could mean one of two things. One is the literal interpretation – Nonis has no intention of canning Carlyle, as he stated.

    Two is the opposite interpretation – like with the mafia. When they say you need to take a vacation for your nerves, it means they’re gonna do a hit.

    I’d like to think Nonis is thinking like the mob.

  2. leafy says:

    Jagr tonight scored goal #693 to move past Yzerman to 8th place on the all time list. He’s only 1 behind Messier and a sure bet to join the 700 club this season.

    If he plays next season, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito and Mike Gartner are within striking distance.

    And in the mid 1990s, I thought Lindros was better than him. haha

  3. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Just cause I haven’t done this for a while and Leafy prdeicts a big trade is

    To Washington
    To Toronto
    Alzner, Wilson

    To Colorado
    Bozak, Raymond
    To Toronto

  4. leafs_wallace93 says:

    Are we really that market that is going to can every coach the moment there is a mid season slump?

    It’s a young team with a bunch of good pieces, play it out nearing the deadline and decide if it’s a tank year or a playoff push. Overall I like where this roster is headed going forward, clearly there’s still some holes that need to be fixed. Good teams can have an off year and pick up a Galchenyuk, JVR (Philly at the time), Drouin…. I wouldn’t mind if the Leafs end up in the lottery or push for the playoffs with some momentum going in.

    Who really cares about mid season so long as we’re still in the thick of things?

    • doorman says:

      I don’t think he should be fired, this year. If they fail to make the playoffs and are in a similar position next season, well time to weigh options. But, let’s say he does get canned as some hope, who do we replace him with? Not sure there is a good option out there right now, IMO.

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