PHILADELPHIA — The Maple Leafs shakeup hasn’t been limited to the organization’s on-ice employees.
The team recently parted ways with Jeff Jackson, the team’s assistant general manager and director of hockey operations.
“Jeff did a good job but he wants to move up in the organization and it’s a situation where he didn’t think that was going to be the case,” Dave Nonis, the Leafs’ seniour vice president of hockey operations said Sunday. “He met with (GM Brian Burke) and they decided it was best he move on.”
Jackson was considered a salary cap expert and most recently also was responsible for Toronto’s AHL affiliate, Marlies. That task now moves to Nonis, who was well versed with the AHL in his days with the Vancouver Canucks.
“Jeff’s a well-rounded guy and brings a lot to an organization,” Nonis said. “He brings a lot to the table. I think there will be opportunities for him.”
Jackson was one of the last remaining management holdovers from the previous regime of general manager John Ferguson. He quietly left the Leafs during the recent Olympic break.
“It was the right time to give Jeff the chance for other opportunities,” Nonis said.