Instead, the NHL club, fresh off a 4-3 loss to Montreal that ended a horrific 30-44-8 season, announced Sunday morning it had fired general manager Dave Nonis, interim head coach Peter Horachek and some of his staff.
Steve Staios, who was added to the Leafs' bench upon Horachek's appointment in January, will resume his duties as manager of player development.
Nonis made some questionable moves after replacing the fired Brian Burke on Jan. 9, 2013. He also wasn't hired by current team president Brendan Shanahan, who might look to replace Nonis with his own person.
Reports surfaced on Saturday that Horacek and possibly members of his coaching staff likely would be turfed Monday. The Leafs won nine of 42 games since he took over from the fired Randy Carlyle on Jan. 7, when the Leafs were 21-16-3 and in a playoff spot.
Among the team's forgettable moments:- It won one road game in 2015, going 1-21-3.
- Endured an 11-game losing streak (0-10-1).
- Went on a 16-game road winless streak, second worst in franchise history.
- Went from having the NHL's most potent offence under Carlyle (3.2 goals a game) to among the league's worst (2.025).