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Added April 22nd, 2015 by Ian

NHL teams clean house after missing playoffs
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Several NHL clubs have dropped the axe on their employees this season after they failed to make the 2014/15 Stanley Cup playoffs. It didn’t take long for the franchises to start cleaning house shortly after the regular season came to an end. Those clubs who have already made changes include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, and San Jose Sharks.

The Maple Leafs got the ball rolling after finishing the season 26th out of 30 teams with a woeful record of 30-44-8. The Leafs had already fired head coach Randy Carlyle earlier in the season and replaced him with assistant Peter Horachek. It turned out to be one of the worst decisions in club history as Horachek posted a brutal record of 9-28-5 and the Leafs had their worst season in the last 20 years. Horachek was fired by team president Brendan Shanahan after the season, but Shanahan didn’t stop there. Also sacked were several assistant coaches as well as general manager Dave Nonis and almost the team’s entire scouting staff. When the dust had settled a total of 23 people were fired from their positions.

The Buffalo Sabres, who finished dead last in the league this season, fired head coach Ted Nolan even though it was obvious the club had no intentions of finishing any higher as it was hoping to win the Draft Lottery for the first overall pick this summer. However, they were losers there too as the Edmonton Oilers were gifted the first pick overall for the fourth time in the past six seasons. The Sabres finished the campaign with a record of 23-51-8.

The Boston Bruins finished ninth place in the Eastern Conference this season and missed the playoffs by a pair of points with a 41-27-14 record. It was definitely a disappointment for the franchise owners though as they fired general manager Peter Chiarelli after nine seasons with the club. The Bruins missed the postseason for the first time in eight years even though the team had a 383-233-85 record under the former GM. The Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2010/11, lost in the final in 2012/13 and won the President’s Trophy just last year as the league’s top regular season club with a 54-19-9 record.

The next guy to head out of town was head coach Todd McLellan of the San Jose Sharks who was relieved of his duties on April 20. The official word was that McLellan and the team mutually agreed on a parting of ways. However, this usually means he was given the choice of retiring or being fired. McLellan was posted a fine record of 311-163-66 over seven years in San Jose. His team made the playoff in his first six years, but failed to qualify this season, which snapped a 10-year postseason streak.

San Jose was the best team in the NHL regular season in 2008/09 and won the President’s Trophy and they team made it to the Western Conference Final in the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons. However, the Sharks had a stranglehold 3-0 lead over the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs last year and blew it by losing in seven games with the decider being at home.

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