Dave Nonis found out last season what it’s like to be in charge of the Maple Leafs when things go surprisingly well.

Now, he’s experiencing life as Leaf GM when things are going unexpectedly poorly.

Four straight losses have sent the club tumbling out of a playoff position, and have the town buzzing in a decidedly unhappy way. But Nonis made it absolutely clear Saturday that firing coach Randy Carlyle or moving top young players for battle-hardened veterans are not options he’s willing to consider.

“Randy’s job is not in jeopardy,” said Nonis, who recently celebrated his one-year anniversary as Leaf GM. “It’s the players who have to play better, and they know that. The biggest piece in all of this is the players, collectively. This is not a bad hockey team.”