Today, the Toronto Maple Leafs look even worse and they haven’t even done anything. Why do they look bad? It’s because of the decision that the Pittsburgh Penguins made in regards to their now former general manager Ray Shero.
Shero was fired today by the Penguins after they were eliminated in the second round by the New York Rangers. Obviously, they were not happy with the results of the past few seasons. Head Coach Dan Bylsma avoided the chopping block for now but could still be fired when a new GM is hired.
So what about the Leafs?
They went from second in the Atlantic Division to out of the playoffs and into the top 10 of the NHL Draft because a horrible late season slide. So what happens in Toronto.
The assistant coaches get fired.
The decision to keep Carlyle has been largely panned by everyone in Toronto. The fact that he got a two-year extension is preposterous to everyone.
The fact that Nonis, for the most part, has escaped blame is also surprising. Nonis chose to do nothing at the Trade Deadline and it cost the Leafs. Just look at the Montreal Canadiens, who are about to start the Eastern Conference Finals tomorrow. At the Deadline, they acquired Thomas Vanek and Mike Weaver. A month prior, they acquired Dale Weise. Just shows that if you make the right deals, anything can happen.
Of course, the Leafs chose to do nothing and look what happened.
The Penguins have higher expectations than the Leafs. That’s why they made the second round of the playoffs and then fired their general manager. The Leafs missed the playoffs and both their general manager and coach survived. Just shows you how far the Leafs have to go before they are successful.
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