Is General Manager Dave Nonis the Real Problem with the Toronto Maple Leafs?

January 9th, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

The Toronto Maple Leafs have dismissed their coach, but the question on many minds now is whether general manager Dave Nonis should follow Randy Carlyle out of the organization.  

As with any coach firing, Carlyle's dismissal earlier this week raised the question of how much blame he should take for the team's failings. Ron Wilson, who was Carlyle's predecessor in Toronto, was one of those who blamed the players. In an interview with TSN radio, he suggested that the only way to improve the team was to make some trades to change out some of the core:

You have to change some of the players, and eventually they will. I don’t think they will right now because I don’t think there are a lot of trading partners for a lot of these players but they’re going to come to that sooner or later I’m feeling. Some of the core players have failed under two or three different coaches, so it’s got to be the players’ fault.

Of course, that sort of criticism of the roster is also tantamount to criticism of the general manager who assembled it. Nonis has been with the Leafs s ...

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