From The Ice

Toronto Maple Leafs Dismiss Steve Kasper, 18 More Scouts

Toronto Maple Leafs Dismiss Steve Kasper, 18 More Scouts
Cat Silverman

The Toronto Maple Leafs started their Sunday morning following the culmination of the regular season by dismissing… well, everyone.

The team confirmed that interim head coach Peter Horachek and general manager Dave Nonis had both been dismissed early Sunday morning, following one of the most disastrous seasons in the team’s history. A 21-16-3 start to the year went south quickly under the coaching tandem of Randy Carlyle (dismissed January 9th, less than a full season after he was awarded a two year extension with the club) and Horachek, with off-ice issues on a near weekly basis and some of the worst play in the NHL.

It seems the team didn’t stop there, though.

Per Mark Spector of Sportsnet, the Leafs followed their dismissal of Horachek and Nonis with up to eighteen additional personnel swaps; although there has been no official confirmation from the team, Spector announced that director of scouting Steve Kasper has been let go, as well. Sportsnet 590’s Ryan Fabro followed up with the disclosure that Kasper may have been sent out the door with as many as eighteen of the team’s scouts.

Although seemingly shocking on the surface, this may be the most efficient way to move forward for the Leafs. By permitting a new coach and general manager to hand-select members of their scouting department (likely with the assistance of assistant general manager Kyle Dubas, who was brought on last summer to head the team’s analytics department), the Leafs are ensuring that no lingering issues from the ‘Nonis Era’ remain. If there is any criticism to be made regarding the decision, it’s that the Leafs management staff remaining — Dubas and team president Brendan Shanahan leading the way — effectively prevented whomever is brought in to replace Nonis, Horachek, and Kasper from carrying over anyone they thought was effective from the dismissal list. Considering Kasper’s staunch anti-analytics stance, though, it’s likely that any dismissals were made to members of the scouting department who subscribed to Kasper’s school of opinion.

With Nonis and Kasper gone, of course, the Leafs have left themselves in a unique predicament — the NHL Draft Lottery is being held in less than a week, and the team now has no general manager or scouting director (and, from what it seems, nearly no scouting staff) heading into the entry draft.

Although the scouting department hasn’t been completely stripped — and any scouts brought on would likely be prepared to make a sufficient showing at the draft in late June — this also poses a problem for existing players; with a number of pending RFA’s on the roster (such as center Nazem Kadri and goaltender Jonathan Bernier), the team will have trouble moving negotiations forward and determining who is best to bring on (and who should be dealt) at the draft. The best defense Shanahan can provide for this, obviously, is that all the announcements made Sunday morning — and any hires made in the week following, which will likely be swift — have been in the works for a while now.

From The Ice
Cat Silverman
@catacarryon

Catherine is the first American in a long line of Canadians, making her the black sheep before she even decided she wasn’t going to be a Leafs fan. Her cousins may never forgive her for the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, but they’re at least glad she’s a rink rat, too. She’s a pretty terrible goalie, but she’s got a good grasp on the game from her seat on the bench.

More in From The Ice

P.K. Subban may be forced to play too many minutes if the third pairing suffers.

P.K. Subban Ejected for Slashing Mark Stone (GIF)

Franklin SteeleApril 15, 2015
NHL: MAR 21 Islanders at Devils

Brock Nelson Opens Post-Season Scoring

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015
NHL: NOV 15 Sharks at Blue Jackets

Joe Thornton Still Confronting Sharks Front Office

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015
NHL: MAR 13 Oilers at Blue Jackets

Nail Yakupov Will Miss Worlds With Injury

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015
NHL: FEB 01 Senators at Hurricanes

Ottawa Senators Add Mark Reeds Helmet Decal

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015
NHL: MAR 19 Blue Jackets at Canucks

Eddie Lack Given First Start For Vancouver

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015
NHL: OCT 15 Canucks at Flyers

Ron Hextall: “No Decision” on Craig Berube

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015
NHL: SEP 29 Preseason - Capitals at Bruins

Peter Chiarelli First Casualty of Poor Season in Boston

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015
NCAA HOCKEY: APR 11 Div I Men's National Championship - Providence v Boston University

Jon Gillies Inks Deal With Calgary Flames

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015

YOUR HOCKEY YOUR WAY, BE SEEN BE HEARD BE A SLAPSHOT FAN TODAY! PART OF THE FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK

Slapshot on Facebook

Slapshot On Twitter

Copyright © 2014 Today’s Slapshot, All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use/Privacy | Copyright | Site Map | About Us | Authors | Contact Us