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Peter Chiarelli

Report: Toronto approached Chiarelli before he took Oilers job


Peter Chiarelli is already at work assessing the Edmonton Oilers depth chart.

The newly appointed President of Hockey Operations and GM of the Oilers was reportedly at prospect Leon Draisaitl’s game with the Kelowna Rockets on Friday night. With Chiarelli on the scouting trip was former GM Craig MacTavish.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Chiarelli has asked MacTavish to remain with the club at a position, which has yet to be defined. Chiarelli is also expected to meet with current Oilers’ head coach Todd Nelson in the coming days.

Friedman reports that prior to Chiarelli taking the Oilers job, the Leafs called the 50-year-old to gauge his interest in the in the Toronto vacancy.

The Leafs fired GM Dave Nonis along with interim head coach Peter Horachek and several scouts on April 12.

Leafs’ President Brendan Shanahan is also reportedly interested in both Sean Burke and George McPhee for GM role. The pair are currently part of Team Canada’s management staff for the upcoming World Hockey Championship.

Nonis ‘disappointed’, but understands firing

Dave Nonis

Part of Dave Nonis felt he was meeting with President Brendan Shanahan to discuss the next phase of their rebuilding plan when the two met on April 12 – the day after the regular season ended.

Speaking for the first time since his firing, Nonis tells the Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons part of him also felt change was coming.

“He told me he was making a change,” Nonis said of the conversation with Shanahan. “I pretty much knew what he was thinking … I understand the reasons behind it. I’m not mad at Brendan. He’s still a friend of mine. But still, I was disappointed.

“There’s no hard feelings or ill will. I understand why he decided to make the change. I was hoping it wouldn’t happen. I thought we got along very well throughout the year. But I’ve been in the game a long time. I understand why you do this.”

Nonis along with interim head coach Peter Horachek and several scouts were let go at the conclusion of the Leafs’ season, which saw Toronto finish 30-44-8 – good for 27th overall.

“It’s a combination of everything,” said Nonis of the Leafs’ struggles. “I wish I could pinpoint all the reasons of what went wrong. I know people put the collapses together. But I don’t. The last three were different. There’s a lot of blame to go around. But I still don’t think this is a bottom-four roster. There are a lot of assets here. And with the draft picks we’ve accumulated, hopefully a lot of assets going forward.”

Under Nonis’ leadership the Leafs qualified for the playoffs in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season snapping a seven-year drought. It was Nonis’ first season as GM of the club and it earned him a five-year contract extension, which will earn him a reported $6 million over the next three years.

One of Nonis’ biggest failures in his tenure as Leafs’ GM was the signing of David Clarkson to a seven-year, $36.75 million contract. Nonis dealt Clarkson ahead of the March trade deadline to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Nathan Horton, who will likely never play again.

The 48-year-old confirmed he had deals in place for other Leafs’ veterans at the deadline as well.

“I could have traded Dion (Phaneuf) at the deadline,” said Nonis. “We had a deal, it wasn’t a great one, but it was a deal. I look at Phil and Dion and I still think they’re elite, upper-end players. They both could be traded, but it’s not like the Leafs are stuck with them if they’re back. I think they can come back and help them.”

When it comes to Phil Kessel, Nonis doesn’t believe moving the forward should be a top priority.

“I don’t think they have to move Phil Kessel,” said Nonis. “You only move him if you decide the return is worth it. If you don’t get value for him, you’re only hurting your team. I believe the baggage that comes with Phil is overblown. Are there things he has to change? Absolutely. But I can assure you of this: Whatever team wins the Stanley Cup this year will have a Phil Kessel in the lineup. I can guarantee that.

“Does he have things to work on? Yes. But he has something other players don’t have. He does have pride and he does want to win. He has to learn to focus some of those characteristics and do a better job. But he’s not a player they have to move.”

As for what’s next? Nonis doesn’t plan on sitting around and collecting his checks from the Leafs.

“I want to get back in the game as quickly as possible,” he said. “That’s the plan.”

Related: Shanahan promises more changes — ‘yesterday was just the beginning’

Housecleaning continues as Toronto fires scouts

Brendan Shanahan

On the same day GM Dave Nonis and interim head coach Peter Horachek were relieved, the Toronto Maple Leafs have cleaned house in their scouting department.

The Leafs have fired Director of Pro Scouting Steve Kasper and Director of Player Development Jim Hughes.

The club has retained Director of Amateur Scouting, Dave Morrison.

Reports have as many as 18 scouts being fired.

Toronto has over 20 scouts currently listed on its website:


The Leafs will hold exit meetings with players on Monday.

The club’s President, Brendan Shanahan, is scheduled to meet the media at 2 p.m. ET.

Leafs send Kadri home for missing a meeting

Toronto Maple Leafs v New Jersey Devils

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri missed a team meeting on Sunday morning and was sent home.

It could’ve been related to daylight savings, but interim head coach Peter Horachek wasn’t amused.

“He missed the meeting, so I sent him home. He’s available [Monday]— if I want him,” Horachek said per Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press.

Why did Kadri miss the meeting?

“Not prepared. It wasn’t the snow,” responded Horachek.

Trevor Smith took Kadri’s spot on a line with Leo Komarov and Richard Panik during practice.

The 24-year-old has 16 goals and 36 points in 64 games this season.

Lupul in, Kozun out for Leafs vs. Jets

Joffrey Lupul

The Toronto Maple Leafs will have Joffrey Lupul back in the lineup tonight when they play host to the Winnipeg Jets.

The forward has missed four games due to a lower body injury.

As for who comes out of the lineup, coach Peter Horachek says it’s a tough decision.

“Most likely it’ll be (Brandon) Kozun. I liked the way he’s played,” said Horachek. “I like what he’s brought. He had some really good energy. Kind of makes you feel bad about the situation, but he’s a young player that’s got a lot of time coming forward. That’s the most likely choice.”

Kozun scored his first career NHL goal in the Leafs’ 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night. Kozun has two points in eight games with the Leafs this season while averaging under eight minutes in ice times.

Injuries have limited Lupul to 32 games where he has nine goals and 10 assists.

Tonight marks the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season. The Jets beat the Leafs 5-1 on Jan. 3. It was Randy Carlyle’s final game behind Toronto’s bench.

Since then the Leafs have gone 2-15-2 including five straight (0-4-1) without a win.