The annual HBIC Playoff Pool will go live tomorrow
Please note that due to restrictions outside my control, the 2015 HBIC Playoff Pool will go live at 5:00pm CT tonight. Sorry, folks!
On to other topics...
If anyone thinks the changes end at the men behind the bench, you probably didn't watch much hockey this season. Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf, Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul are all reportedly on the trading block, and it will be up to the new management to either find them new homes or motivate them enough to return to form. The latter will be more difficult than the prior, I'd assume.
In any case, there are a lot of empty offices at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment right now, so get your resumés ready, readers. If you wnted to work for the Maple Leafs, now might be your best chance to get in. Just don't get settled if the Leafs bomb again next season.
I understand that GM Tim Murray and Nolan had a less-than-amicable relationship, Nolan signed a three-year deal last season despite Murray deciding to tank after the season started poorly, but Nolan always maintained an air of professionalism in asking the best from his players. Unfortunately, management didn't feel the same way.
Assistant coaches Bryan Trottier and Tom Coolen did not have their contracts renewed while Danny Flynn was fired along with Nolan. Nolan went 40-87-17 with mostly AHL-caliber players in less than two seasons, and he reportedly will evaluate his next options. I doubt he'll be back with Buffalo for a third head coaching stint.
Deep breaths, Ted. Deep breaths.
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!