Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Nonis talks with the Leafs will continue / Canucks hire Scott Mellanby as GM Consultant

From TSN:

Nonis spent much of Tuesday and part of Wednesday afternoon in discussions with the Toronto Maple Leafs about their management restructuring with further talks over the next few days expected.
Sources tell TSN Nonis hasn't been offered the position of general manager and the belief is Toronto's interest in bringing him on board seems to be directed more towards helping interim GM Cliff Fletcher with the day-to-day business of managing the Maple Leafs, with growing speculation suggesting Fletcher will hold the post through next season.
I keep thinking of these stories as a slap to Nonis' face. Is he not good enough to be a GM on his own? The TSN article also reports that Dallas and St. Louis are interested, yet even those are as co-GM's or other positions.
Would you agree that Nonis is not fit to be a sole GM of a team? I think he is, even though he hasn't won a Cup yet. He's still fairly green, but I think he proved a lot in his tenure in Vancouver, given the Canucks' cap limitations at the time.

Just seen on the TSN scroll that the Canucks have hired former NHL grinder Scott Mellanby as a consultant to GM Mike Gillis.
From the National Post:
"We are pleased that Scott has agreed to join our hockey operations department," Mike Gillis said. "His experiences in our League over two decades as a player will be a great asset to me and our entire department.
Scott displayed strong leadership skills and character throughout his NHL career; these are the same qualities we are looking for as we build our team."
I guess if worst comes to worst, Mellanby could always put the skates on and play on a scoring line! Maybe teach the Sedins how to play with heart.....

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At May 14, 2008 at 5:08 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Nonis is not God, and putting him a position like GM of the Leafs is nearly identical to what they did to JFJ. It's a shitstorm over there and you'd need a help of a minor deity to sort it out.

Someone more experienced will get the GM job, but Nonis could certainly be a useful as an assistant. It's not a slap in the face, it's reality :-)

I think Mellanby could turn out to be a good acquisition. I hope Gilles gives him a stick to walk around with and threaten the players with.

At May 14, 2008 at 5:26 p.m. , Blogger James said...

I gotta agree with temujin, Nonis would be goofy to consider the possibility that he would be the top banana with the (hopefully) rebooted leafs. There's only a few guys who could realistically hope to take the reins fully at this stage, and that would be guys like Ken Holland or Scotty Bowman if they could coax him out of semi-retirement.

It is a good move though, talking to him to bring him on board. I think it is (deservedly) flattering to Nonis rather than a slap in the face, because Cliff et al are interested in putting together a management dream team. Even if Nonis isn't head honcho, it's a definite honour to be included. Hell, assistant skate sharpener on the Leafs would probably be a better position than GM of teams like (sh)Atlanta..

At May 14, 2008 at 7:09 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

Last I heard, JFJ was passing out Hungryman samplers at a Costco in Hamilton. We don't want Nonis to suffer the same fate, do we?

At May 15, 2008 at 5:09 a.m. , Blogger Mike said...

Good point, we haven't tried lining up a corpse with the Sedins yet have we?

I kid...I love our new consultant overload and eagerly look forward to his...aww forget it.

At May 15, 2008 at 9:33 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

It's not like Nonis has NO experience. And he was under Burke's tutiledge for quite a while. I think he could be a sole GM somewhere and maybe that's what he's looking for.
Oh yeah, there goes the Leafs fan (James) wanting a BIG NAME in any position with the Leafs. It doesn't HAVE to be Scotty Bowman who takes over.

Mike: Results will get me out of this "what the fuck is going on" mode that I feel about Canucks management right now. And production will get me out of this "I wanna kill me a Sedin" mode." :)


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