Toronto Maple Leafs clean house, firing Nonis, Horachek and staff
Dave Nonis, senior vice-president and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, speaks to reporters at the Maple Leafs' practice facility in Toronto following the firing of head coach Randy Carlyle on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. (Darren Calabrese / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired general manager Dave Nonis, interim coach Peter Horachek and his entire staff on the heels of the team's worst season in almost 20 years.
Nonis was fired with three years left on his contract after the Leafs went 30-44-8 to finish with 68 points, the fewest in an 82-game season since 1996-97.
Toronto was in a playoff position in early January when president Brendan Shanahan and Nonis announced the firing of coach Randy Carlyle and subsequently replaced him with Horachek.
The Leafs went 9-28-5 under Horachek, whose dismissal was expected.
In addition to Horachek, assistants Steve Spott, Chris Dennis and Rick St. Croix were fired, while Steve Staios was moved back to the front office as manager of player development.
Assistant general manager Kyle Dubas and director of player personnel Mark Hunter will share interim duties until the Leafs hire a new general manager.