Thursday Morning Mashup: The Calm Before the Storm

Thursday Morning Mashup: The Calm Before the Storm

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With over a week and a half left before the NHL Entry Draft which will take place in Newark, New Jersey, things have started to heat up around the league.  If you won’t take my word for it, check out what Allan Walsh, a player agent from Octagon Sports Management, had to say yesterday:

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Also, here are some quotes from Nonis via Kevin McGran:

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Since Alec already covered the Bernier rumor yesterday (and Anthony will have a few of his thoughts later today), I thought I’d bring together a couple of snippets of what some of the general managers are saying publicly. Granted, a lot of GMs tow the same lines and spew the usual boilerplate language. However, with the new CBA, the introduction of  compliance buy-outs into the equation, and a lowering cap, this could prove to be one of the busiest off-seasons we’ve seen in a long time.

Craig MacTavish, Oilers’ GM from the recent Oilers’ State of the Union address to select season-ticket holders.  The video can be found here.

“I think we have a little bit of a competitive advantage this year, compared to other years, much like in 2006 when the cap initially came in. Teams were trying to get under the cap, we had cap room.”

“So, the normal players in unrestricted free agency, the big market teams that normally inflate the salaries, weren’t players because they had to get underneath the cap. I think there will be a small degree of that this year which may give us the ability to attract a player, or two.”

“I’ve talked about the potential to move that pick (7th), to move down to acquire an asset and still get a decent player if we move back seven of eight spots.”

Jon Davidson, Blue Jackets’ President of Hockey Operations recently sat down with BlueJackets.com  and talked about draft strategy and free agency. Quotes are from Part 1 of a two-part conversation.

“It’s hard to move up, but it’s always possible depending on what kind of package you put together. We also have the luxury of going the other way, and moving our third (first-round pick) for two seconds if we were to do something like that.”

“Then, you have the option of moving any of those four picks, or any pick for that matter, for players who can help us immediately. It’s all there, it’s all an option and it’s going to be up to us to set the table. And if something comes our way that we feel strongly about, we’ll do it. We’ve gotten ourselves into a position where we’re prepared for that.”

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Morning Links

 Tribune: Penguins’ Shero talks with Letang’s agentShero is a decisive GM so it’ll be interesting to see how this unfolds once Shero comes forward with a long-term deal.

CSN Philly: Sources, Flyers interested in deal for Ducks’ RyanThe show goes on in Philly. 

TSN: Toronto and Montreal (ew) to host 2015 and 2017 WJCs – This is really cool.

Backhand Shelf: How the Bruins and Blackhawks spend their money – Would be interesting to see how the Leafs, and the rest of the league, stacks up against the two Stanley Cup finalists.

VLM: Do we really want Jonathan Bernier? – Michael with his take on the Bernier rumor.

Backhand Shelf: Icing, shot blocking, and the death of fighting – So, did the Leafs just buy a relic for $1.85mm?

HIBS: Afternoon DelightMore in-depth piece on Nonis’ media appearance.

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A graduate student at Columbia University, Aaron is defined by a love of nature, an intense interest in finance, and a passion for the Blue & White. Toronto born and raised, earliest Leaf memories include emulating Joe Bowen calls and carpet mini-stick during HNIC. Former D1 NCAA Tennis player. Aaron can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mapleleafmuse.
402 comments
Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

Cybulski switched sides and joined sportsnet  

rustynail
rustynail

Attributed to Jeff Foxworthy:


If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not

for entering and remaining in the country illegally - you might live in a

nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.


If you have to get your parents' permission to go on a field trip or to take

an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion - you might live in a

nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.


If you MUST show your identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy

liquor, or check out a library book and rent a video, but not to vote for

who runs the government - you might live in a nation that was founded by

geniuses but is run by idiots.


If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from owning

gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty F-16 fighter

jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt - you might live in a nation that was

founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.


If, in the nation's largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not

one 24-ounce soda, because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat -

you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by

idiots.


If an 80-year-old woman or a three-year-old girl who is confined to a

wheelchair can be strip-searched by the TSA at the airport, but a woman in a

burka or a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched - you

might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.


If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of

dollars of debt is to spend trillions more - you might live in a nation that

was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots.


If a seven-year-old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher

is "cute," but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade

school is perfectly acceptable - you might live in a nation that was founded

by geniuses but is run by idiots.


If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government

regulation and intrusion, while not working is rewarded with Food Stamps,

WIC checks, Medicaid benefits, subsidized housing, and free cell phones -

you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by

idiots.


If the government's plan for getting people back to work is to provide

incentives for not working, by granting 99 weeks of unemployment checks,

without any requirement to prove that gainful employment was diligently

sought, but couldn't be found - you might live in a nation that was founded

by geniuses but is run by idiots.


If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big-screen

TV, while your neighbor buys iPhones, time shares, a wall-sized do-it-all

plasma screen TV and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he

defaults on his mortgage - you might live in a nation that was founded by

geniuses but is run by idiots.


Axle_Goalie
Axle_Goalie

I'm a broken record on this , but when I hear the Leafs may deal with Edmonton, it makes me wonder if we could get Gagner. He's RFA and I remember last year people were saying "He's playing his way off the team" Would he fit in Toronto?

Great Dane
Great Dane

Cloutier claims that Oilers are interested in Scrivens.

Scrivens and our 1st for Oilers 1st would be a very good trade. we could even give a later round picks as well.

Then we would be close to Barkov, Lindholm or Monohan.


Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

Man say what you want but the Torres signing is a good deal for SJ and i would of loved to get torres at that price.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Just looked at the last five years of NHL drafts and the only player drafted at 21 (where the leafs will pick) who is getting playing time so far is John Moore who became a regular this season. He was drafted four years ago by Columbus and traded to the Rangers a few months ago. So we might not see our first rounder in a Leafs uniform for a while.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

For the record the Wings aren't associated with Dominos Pizza. Mike Illich owns Little Caesars Pizza and has a net worth of $2.7 BILLION because of it.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

bcostellothn: Torres could have done much better than $2M per had he waited until free agent season.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Funny how fans are starting to drool over freebie oldies like Briere (36 next season) after roasting past Leafs management for bringing in old freebie hockey players.

Leafbites
Leafbites

What RFA's are going to be up for grabs that the Leafs will look at? A Stewart out of St.L, maybe, from what I can see, in terms of fit and potential availability. The guys the Leafs would be interested in are all likely to be re-inked. Would be nice if Rags didn't want to pony up with McDonagh, though.  

rustynail
rustynail

James Mirtle ‏@mirtle

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Briere buyout doesn't cost a whole lot. Flyers only pay $833,333 a season for next four years. (As compliance, it won't count against cap.)

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@canucksnaphook I was recommended Mystic Golf Course in Ancaster. Have you played there yet? $58 including tax and cart, apparently. 

Snots
Snots

I wonder if Tim Thomas is watching the playoffs

Dink
Dink

This is the most important summers in recent Leaf history...why you ask?

1. Very important to not take steps backwards, it can happen easily especially with Detroit and Columbus in the East now

2.  It is imperative for Nonis to show his stars (Kessel) that the team is really on the right track so they will want to stay

3. Nonis needs to find an AHL coach that speaks Carlyles language (I think Carlyle is here for awhile)

4.  I believe the Leafs beat every team in the East at least once last year, quite a feat. It is important to instill this confidence to the players moving forward.

5.  Finally, the staff has got to erase that game 7 out of the players heads and let them know how big a step they accomplished.

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

Why is Florida linked to Bernier rumours? Isn't Markstrom considered the best goaltending prospect in the league?

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

Craig Button just now on TSN1050 said that he think James Reimer is a great goalie, and he's not convinced Jonathan Bernier would be an upgrade

Dink
Dink

Nonis is sure more deadpan than Burke, can't figure out what he's thinking


KingTon
KingTon

If everyone stopped hitting the reply button we could at least avoid this horrible nested comment layout.  Wonder if the reply button could be disabled or hidden?

Dink
Dink

Marchand, Seguin and Chara all -3 last night...Nice !!

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

Posted this yesterday in a dead thread...duh.

Watching the B's/Blackhawks ice pucks whenever in the slightest trouble(prior to last night) made me think we have to do something to further penalize endless icings as the are boring as hell.

Teams have found workarounds(stick changes/sneaky line changes/faceoff slowdowns) to minimize the "penalty"

Icing clocks/no touch icing.

Everytime a team ices the puck,it is marked on the scoreclock.

When one team consecutively reaches a certain number(4?),they receive a penalty.

If the other team interrupts the chain,they zero out/start over.

One extra wrinkle..PK's are NOT exempt.

This would mercifully bring to an end the endless icings(there isn't really a deterrent) AND make PP's more effective and perhaps open up the game as teams would be more fearful of being penalized.

I think it would be VERY entertaining to watch...especially when one team's at three.

And the opposition will try desperately to not ice and zero the clock

It will create a lot more turnovers and opportunities...and Powerplays will truly be advantageous.

Who knew icings could be fun?

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

The only constant is the whine.

Tea and tennis gentlemen?

ingy56
ingy56

Reading Cocks' tweets from last night, first he whines about lack of offence in the playoffs so we finally get a shootout and he's whining about weak goaltending. We need better sports reporters...in fact on second thought we don't need any at all. 

Zep2
Zep2

@Uncle Otis  It was rumoured that after the playoffs. A Wendel told a Cab driver in NB that Leafs needed a #1 Goalie , because of Reimers puck control and Rebound problems

Wendel apparently was going to Grace Foundation fundraiser, and the Cabbie has a brother in the PMO,S OFFICE. 

T_Ry
T_Ry

G'marnin', folks.  Just gonna hang out here while my students write their exam, if you don't mind.

ingy56
ingy56

Doug MacLean says it's a certainty that the Leafs sign Clarkson....so don't bother ordering those Clarkson jerseys folks. 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

I'm out for a bit . Time for a coffee with my dad 

KingTon
KingTon

I am not a twitter guy but maybe I should get an account rolling and follow some people so I can get trade updates.  Anyone have a recommended list?

phaneufoundlander
phaneufoundlander

Ol man, its gonna be an interesting July...amyone have an idea where Briere might end up?

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Fascinating thatsin the Johnson article Nonis seems to think there will be some pretty good RFA's not qualified . Wonder who he has in mind.

mcloki
mcloki

Wow we need news. We're turning on each other and it's barely 9. Why the pissy mood gentlemen? It's a beautiful day, Things are just about to get interesting and you'r letting the GM's poker buffs, calls and raises unnerve you already.

Come on people get you shit together. You're better than that.