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Comeau and goaltender Thomas Greiss to one-year deals. The team

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Comeau and goaltender Thomas Greiss to one-year deals. The team

Postby bellis555 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:50 am

TORONTO - Once Dave Nonis announced the firing of Randy Carlyle as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the attention turned immediately to the players who couldnt get the job done. Ken Griffey Jersey .When the coach gets fired, its not about coaching, its not about management, its about the players, goaltender Jonathan Bernier said.Taking the most heat are members of the Leafs core, especially those signed to long-term contracts: winger Phil Kessel, captain Dion Phaneuf, centre Tyler Bozak and wingers Joffrey Lupul and James van Riemsdyk. Nonis, the general manager responsible for those deals and others with winger David Clarkson and defenceman Jake Gardiner, said that group is under constant evaluation.People think that players are set in stone. Ive said before players are moveable, Nonis said. This wasnt about the core not listening to Randy or anything like that. We just felt we werent going in the right direction.Carlyle is the only coach to get the Leafs to the playoffs since the 2004-05 lockout. He followed Ron Wilson, who was fired late in the 2011-12 season. In a TSN radio appearance Tuesday, Wilson said some of the Leafs players could be considered uncoachable.Kessel took issue with a reporters question Tuesday about being difficult to coach, calling it a weird question to ask.You think its my fault? Is that what youre saying? a defensive Kessel asked the reporter.I dont think so, he continued. I play, eh?Kessel, who is in the first year of a US$64-million, eight-year contract, hasnt missed a game since 2009-10 and leads the Leafs with 41 points on 18 goals and 23 assists. On radio, Wilson said Kessels problem was that he was two weeks on and two weeks off.Phaneuf is in the first year of a US$49-million, seven-year contract. The veteran defenceman owned up to the fact that the core group should be under the microscope now.That is a very fair question for you or anyone to ask, Phaneuf said. The bottom line is, we, as players, have got to get the job done. This is a result-oriented business, and we are expected to win hockey games.The Leafs have 45 points through 40 games and are in the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. They missed the playoffs last season after collapsing down the stretch and blew a 4-1 lead to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of their first-round series in 2013.Peter Horachek, who will be behind the bench along with Steve Spott for at least the Leafs next game Wednesday against the Washington Capitals, said players had to take ownership of the situation. Inside the locker-room, there was a lot of players accepting at least some blame for Carlyle being fired.Its never on one person, its a collective thing, van Riemsdyk said. But obviously he’s the fall guy now. It’s now up to us as players to get the job done and figure things out here.Defenceman Cody Franson, an impending unrestricted free agent, said accountability has to come from players.This action isnt an action of it was just his fault, Franson said. We know within our room that were as at fault as anybody else. At the end of the day its up to us in the room to make things happen and we werent doing a good enough job of that.Brendan Shanahan is still in his first few months on the job as president, so the changes may not end here. With that in mind, Nonis said he was not concerned about his own job security given that this is the team he assembled.You make your decisions on whats best for the team and thats not going to change, Nonis said. If youre thinking about something else, youre not going to be taking the right things for the organization.---Follow @SWhyno on Twitter Adam Duvall Jersey . Still, its a start. Josh Baileys goal with 1:40 left capped a furious third-period rally, and the Islanders edged the Penguins 4-3 on Friday night. Scooter Gennett Jersey .TV Series: Duck Dynasty. http://www.redsapparelsshop.com/barry-larkin-jersey-c-18/ . The Cavaliers first-year forward will miss at least three weeks with a strained left knee, the latest setback for the No.Jim Rutherford didnt expect to fill all the holes on the Pittsburgh Penguins roster in a day. Good thing, because it didnt happen. Not even close. Still, the new general manager isnt panicking despite losing six players in free agency, including defencemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, and talented winger Jussi Jokinen. Less than a month into the job, Rutherford is taking a pragmatic approach to replenishing the talent around stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The process began Tuesday when the Penguins signed defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, forward Blake Comeau and goaltender Thomas Greiss to one-year deals. The team also retained forward Marcel Goc. Hardly the kind of splashy signings made elsewhere -- Washington spent $67.5 million alone to bring in Orpik and Niskanen -- but Rutherford isnt complaining. "We dont necessarily have to have our team all set for a playoff run in September," he said. Ehrhoff came onto the market over the weekend after the Buffalo Sabres bought out the final seven seasons his 10-year contract. The 31-year-old will make $4 million next season in Pittsburgh. The German-born Ehrhoff has 69 goals and 313 points in 692 games, and Rutherford believes Ehrhoffs skill set will fit in well under new coach Mike Johnston. "He plays a lot of minutes, 23-24 a game, can play right or left defence, power play, penalty kill," Rutherford said. "Hes in great shape and a great team guy. He can really skate and with the kind of team we have, having a guy back there that can skate and move the puck is important." Rutherford is confident the young defencemen in Pittsburghs minor league system will give the Penguins a solid blue linne even without Orpik -- the longest-tenured defenceman in team history -- and Niskanen, who cashed in after a career year. Scott Feldman Jersey. Still, Rutherford didnt waste a chance to grab Ehrhoff despite the shortness of the deal. "He loved the opportunity to come with the Penguins," Rutherford said. "He just felt that, lets give it a one-year try with a good team and have a chance to win and then well look at it at the end of the season." Comeau provides depth as a third or fourth line forward. The 28-year-old had five goals and 11 assists in 61 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. Greiss, who went 10-8-5 with a 2.29 goals-against average for Phoenix in 2013-14, will compete with Jeff Zatkoff for the backup spot behind Marc-Andre Fleury. The signings give the Penguins depth, but also leave plenty to address going forward, including who is going to play with Malkin after the departure of Jokinen and James Neal. The Penguins traded Neal to Nashville for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling on Friday, and Jokinen left on Tuesday to sign a four-year deal with the Florida Panthers. Hornqvist is a candidate to fill out a top six spot, and the return of Pascal Dupuis from a knee injury and Beau Bennett from a wrist injury should give the Penguins some options. Rutherford didnt rule out a run at free agent forward Nikolai Kulemin -- who happens to be a good friend of Malkins -- but isnt sure the money will work. "Theres always a chance but it would take someone getting very, very creative to figure out how that contract fits into our cap," Rutherford said. ------ AP Sports Writer John Wawrow in Buffalo, NY contributed to this report. 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