Last week, the Toronto Maple Leafs finally named their new assistant coaches after Scott Gordon, Greg Cronin and Doug Farrished were fired after last season. Now serving under Randy Carlyle are Steve Spott, who was promoted from the Toronto Marlies, and Peter Horachek, who spent most of last season behind the bench of the Florida Panthers as their interim head coach.
From this writer’s point of view, these look like pretty good hirings. Spott, as the head coach of the AHL’s Marlies, took the team to within one game of the Calder Cup Final. If any young Marlies from that team make the Leafs this season, he will obviously have a built-in relationship with them.
Horachek became the interim head coach in Florida when the Panthers fired Kevin Dineen in November. With the Panthers still a team being built and not really ready to challenge for a playoff spot every year, he did his best. Sure the Panthers might have ended up with the second-worst record in the NHL, but the team was young. Horachek also looks like a good hiring because he might know the problems with the Leafs. In four games against the Panthers last season, the Leafs won a single game.
So you know my opinion, what’s yours? Did the Leafs make the right move here? Or is this just another sign that the Leafs are just spinning their wheels in the mud?