And though Nonis is Burke’s indebted protégé — Nonis even came to his first press conference as chief Leaf wearing the loosened-tie look that Burke made a trademark — there’s reason to believe he is something else important. Specifically, his own man.
Where Burke was a combative contrarian, people close to the game will tell you Nonis has built a name as a quiet consensus builder. Their paths have run in parallel. Their styles are divergent. And certainly they haven’t always agreed.
When the club was looking for a coach to replace Ron Wilson in the grim days when last season transformed itself into a lost season, NHL sources say Nonis went to bat for Dallas Eakins, then and now the coach of the AHL Marlies. Nonis and other front-office executives were of the belief that Eakins is everything a modern-era coach should be; progressive but hard-nosed, communicative with players but never friends with them. Burke, of course, insisted on his old friend Randy Carlyle. And though Carlyle certainly deserves a chance to prove himself in the coming 48-game season, the early returns on his tenure — six wins in 18 games after taking over for Wilson in March — suggest the old-school taskmaster may not be the best fit for one of the NHL’s youngest collections of athletes.
Well this is awkward. However I would be very very happy if Eakins became the coach of the leafs soon, he's all I like in a coach.
Don't get my wrong I love carlyle's defensive games and his way of approaching the team, not to mention a Norris trophy and a stanley cup winner as well. However I agree with Nonis' idea of making team with a new age coach as we are starting to see guys like Byslma and what not would've been great.
Well hopefully Nonis convinces him to stick around, however, I wouldn't be upset if Carlyle was our coach for a long while. He is a good coach, and we need to put some stability back into this organization.
Feschuk is a degenerate and a poor excuse for a journalist. What possible motive could he have for such a controversial article other than to make waves within the organization and try to create the public impression of a rift between Nonis and Carlyle.
Last edited by Clark4Ever: 01-25-2013 at 12:40 PM.