Leafs send message to Nonis, Carlyle after Dubas hiring

Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has had his

Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has had his "right and left arms cut off" -- i.e. fired executives Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle -- writes Steve Simmons. Now the onus is on the GM to change -- or follow them out the door. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:51 PM ET

On a warm, late night in South Florida, after the Maple Leafs had officially been eliminated, Dave Nonis, Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle sat at a beachside cafe, sipping a beverage or two, trying to make sense of a season gone wrong.

The longer the evening went, the louder and more honest each man became.

They dissected everything over cocktails and dinner.

But they knew that night.

They knew Brendan Shanahan was going to be officially announced in a few days time as president of the Leafs.

They knew that whatever was going to happen — and they weren’t certain as to what — change was on the way.

The change for Randy Carlyle came when his staff was shown the door, when his close friend Dave Farrish was among the assistant coaches fired. It’s a great game, Carlyle said, “but it’s a sh---y business.”

The change for Dave Nonis became official on Tuesday morning. He had his right and left arms cut off by Shanahan.


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