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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  • mapleleafmuse

    Morning folks!

  • LeafsForLife

    Mornin all. Great work Aaron. Thanks for this. I think this will be the most interesting summer in some years which will be more fun for everyone.
    I am having trouble with doing the rating thing. I click on them and it just spins like its searching but never stops spinning. This has been going on for about a week now. Is there any fix to it?

  • mapleleafmuse

    Thanks, LFL. It will definitely be an exciting time but I hope Nonis keeps his head on Earth during this frenzied time. It would highly regrettable if we undid some of the great work Burke did while he was here.
    As far as the rating, I see that the article has been rated once already so many you just need to refresh your page. Thanks again for reading!

    • LeafsForLife

      mapleleafmuse no that doesnt work actually. Tried it. but thx.

    • LeafsForLife

      -Keon- My concern about Nonis is that he said himself he is more slow with things than burkie. So that could cost a good trade etc. Also, with Lieweke in there, does Nonis feel the pressure too much to do something and pull the trigger on something everyone regrets.

      • -Keon-

        More slow is better, than making a knee jerk reaction just because everyone is going nuts. Nonis seems more calculated than Burke, to me anyway, as fans I believe we are in good hands.

      • LeafsForLife

        -Keon- I guess until he makes his first big splash, i will be a bit on the edge of my seat.

    • Bobsyouruncle

      -Keon- There’s no proof that Nonis can guide this team in the right direction. Plenty of reason to be concerned. Nonis only made the play-offs in Vancouver 1 out of his 3 years with the same team that Burke made it 4 years in a row. And Nonis had a better goalie (maybe his only good move) 2 of those seasons.

      • Bobsyouruncle

        -Keon- Bobsyouruncle Yep we’re never going to know what Burke would have done. I hope it works out next year because I’ve got a feeling that Leiweke will look for his own hire if we don’t.

  • Burtonboy

    Good article Aaron. Things are gonna get very hectic from here on in.

    • mapleleafmuse

      Thanks, BB. Really looking forward to the coming 2 weeks.

  • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

    Anyone else buying a case of beer for the Saturday draft?… Probably going to have my own drinking game too haha.

    • LeafsForLife

      RielledUp I thought the draft was on sunday?

      • mapleleafmuse

        It is. Sunday June 30th.

        • LeafsForLife

          mapleleafmuse Ya thats what i thought. I already scheduled the day off work for it. lol.

        • LeafsForLife

          mapleleafmuse Ya thats what i thought. I already scheduled the day off work for it. lol.

  • mcloki

    Morning gents. Are teams now allowed to talk to UFAs before July 5th?

    • Burtonboy

      mcloki 5 days prior as far as I know so they can start talking with then on the 1st of July

      • Burtonboy

        mcloki Them …fuck I hate not having an edit function

        • mcloki

          Burtonboy mcloki That and the lack of non nested comments is the only drawback to this Livefyre system. Otherwise it’s pretty good.

      • mcloki

        Burtonboy mcloki And twitter should just be humming that week.

      • mcloki

        Burtonboy mcloki And twitter should just be humming that week.

  • Uncle Otis

    Well done AC..pump up the jam.
    Notice Craig Mac says 7 or 8 spots…not 14 :(
    Besides,we all know who he wants.

    • Burtonboy

      Uncle Otis He can fuck right off …he ain’t getting Gardiner lol

    • mapleleafmuse

      You’re right and I didn’t include thy quote to provoke us Leafs fans. Just wanted to highlight, or at least, show that there seems to be a willingness to move.

    • Uncle Otis

      TheCanucksnaphook 
      It would require an epic failure by Mac to move Gardiner
      Not “we’ll flip you seven”

      • Uncle Otis

        TheCanucksnaphook 
        Maybe,maybe not.
        I’d listen to all parties on all players.
        This is where a good GM can make his bones…Flyers and Calgary are good places to start :)

  • happy_gilmour

    thought i’d get the blood boiling… on the radio kypper said that the asking price for bernier would start with kadri…. lol backup for a rising point machinr center who makes his wingers more creative and free…. lol

    • mcloki

      happy_gilmour Kyper needs to stop talking out of his ass he’s losing respect as a hockey guy.

      • Burtonboy

        mcloki happy_gilmour Did he ever have any to lose ?

      • Cameron19

        TheCanucksnaphook mcloki happy_gilmour Could you imagine any of the other top 25 scorers in the league being traded for Bernier?

      • mcloki

        Cameron19 TheCanucksnaphook mcloki happy_gilmour NO kidding. Maybe we should put Reimer on the block and start asking for Tavares, Malkin or Crosby. Just ridiculous.

      • Cameron19

        TheCanucksnaphook Cameron19 No doubt by later today we’ll have people asking ” Does this mean Nonis hates Kadri and has no faith in him moving forward!?!?!”

    • Uncle Otis

      happy_gilmour 
      At first I called BS too…but if the Flyers ARE willing to part with Couturier,then it actually makes sense the Kings would up the ante ie..Frattin doesn’t cut it.
      In the end LA will take the best deal out there…doesn’t mean NoNO will be dumb enough to pay.

  • mapleleafmuse

    We’re already on it so stay tuned. I live in New York City.

    • mapleleafmuse

      Alec and Declan are working on it but if it happens, we’ll definitely make it interesting for you guys.

    • Burtonboy

      mapleleafmuse Man that would be super sweet

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon- Best guess as to what that is you freakin tease lol

    • Burtonboy

      -Keon- Hmmmmm Stastney is the only one I can think of.

  • Burtonboy

    Anyone else get the impression Nonis is saying its a choice between Kadri and Bozak ?

    • mcloki

      Burtonboy No, I think he was responding to the questionings grouping. And he’s just playing his cards close to his chest so he has a stronger position going into negotiations. No way Toronto lets Kadri walk away.

      • Burtonboy

        mcloki Burtonboy Don’t think they will keep both unless they move Grabo

        • mcloki

          Burtonboy mcloki I’ve thought Grabo was a tradable commodity as soon as Kadri started to look good. That Grabo, Kuli, MacA line just looked out of place. But they limited our ability to move guys around the top 9.

        • Burtonboy

          mcloki Burtonboy I think Grabo will be hard to move (contract) . You could pay part of his salary but with the cap constraints we have for the next few yrs thats not a very good idea either .

        • mcloki

          Burtonboy mcloki we’ll see how elevated the prices get this summer. His contract may not be that out of line.

    • Zep2

      Burtonboy No , but I think there is questions in a lot of minds of what their ceilings are. 
      Is Kadri the future #1 , can Bozak at the right price play a lesser role 
      Say what you like about Bozak, he’s done everything he s been asked. And his game has gotten better over time. Like Kostka on the top pair though he’s miscast

    • Bobsyouruncle

      Burtonboy Yeah, I get the feeling that he’s saying Kadri could get decent money but Bozak could be out of luck with what he’s asking for.

      • Burtonboy

        Bobsyouruncle Burtonboy One of those 3 are headed out of town , maybe 2 if he picks up another center via trade /FA

        • Burtonboy

          canuckintheuk Burtonboy Bobsyouruncle Problem is if he’s paid 3.75 as a 3rd line center it will impact our cap. There are cheaper options for that spot and then we have that space to do other things

        • Burtonboy

          canuckintheuk Burtonboy Bobsyouruncle I would not mind seeing Colborne get a shot at the 3rd line spot. Not sure thats what happen but  Carlyle could ease him in with sheltered minutes like he did with Kadri. Be nice if we had a big center like him in our line up

        • Burtonboy

          canuckintheuk Burtonboy Bobsyouruncle I hope he gets a chance and he will in camp for sure . I’ve said before I wouldn’t mind going after Boyd Gordon to pay 4th line center with McClement on the wing. If we can pick up a real good center besides we would have some pretty decent depth with Kadri , FA /trade center, Colborne, McClenment and Gordon.

        • Burtonboy

          canuckintheuk Burtonboy Bobsyouruncle Ideal IMO

        • Burtonboy

          canuckintheuk Burtonboy Bobsyouruncle Thats a group of centers I could live with for sure

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon- Ugh …. that means we can expect the same late next week . Weather has been great here for the last week or so . 20-22 with a nice little breeze

    • Burtonboy

      TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy Great for playing golf

    • -Keon-

      Same here, it’s been a really nice month, a lot of rain though

  • Mind Bomb

    Morning Folks !

    • mcloki

      Mind Bomb Mornign MB. Hope everything is well.

      • Mind Bomb

        mcloki Mind Bomb  Things are good, Very busy week at work, not much MLHS time lol. I am on Vaca next week so trying to get everything cleaned up. 
         Now If Nono will start signing are good guys to contracts I will be happy lo
        l

        • mcloki

          Mind Bomb mcloki he won’t sign half the guys till after the Draft. There’ no pressing need.

      • Mind Bomb

        mcloki Mind Bomb  Things are good, Very busy week at work, not much MLHS time lol. I am on Vaca next week so trying to get everything cleaned up. 
         Now If Nono will start signing are good guys to contracts I will be happy lo
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  • peterbleafs

    These Nonis quotes are annoying as hell.  If that is how he thinks then I really don’t like him at all.  But I will wait and see what he does.  Around July 10 we will know what kind of GM this guy is, then the love or hate can spill over.

    • Cameron19

      TheCanucksnaphook peterbleafs That was obviously the wrong move by the Canucks though, as years later, they’re still struggling to hold onto Burke and Nonis remains and have yet to add anything signifcant in their own right.

    • Zep2

      TheCanucksnaphook peterbleafs Its not like GM,s never get fired.  Howson ,Gainey, Gauthier spring to mind . Having Gillis undermine him with ownership had a factor as well.

      • peterbleafs

        Yaknowwhat TheCanucksnaphook I was a Burke hater when we signed him, always thought of him as a bag of hot air and a pompous ass.  Started liking him especially early on when he pulled the Phaneuf deal off.  But his hanging onto Wilson really bothered me.  So Nonis…hmmm…this past season he made terrific moves…sent Connolly packing and played a lot of young guys turning them all into NHL tradeable serviceable guys.  

        Although how much of that was him and how much was Carlyle I dont know.

      • Zep2

        TheCanucksnaphook Zep2 I never called him anything. I just pointed out that GM s are often fired . Nonis is cautious , painstacking , and boring . Those may be attributes. I think he should get the benifit of the doubt until the end of 2014. Then we can praise or pile on.
        Scotty Bowman was a horrible GM  BTW

      • mcloki

        Yaknowwhat TheCanucksnaphook Not really. Finals aren’t over yet. And I doubt he jumps right back into it. Gillis is treading thin ice. Ya never know.

      • Uncle Otis

        TheCanucksnaphook 
        I’d take his half dozen or so coaching rings.
        Horrible to play for,but not horrible results.

  • Mind Bomb

    -Keon-  Thats sucks I am on Vacation next week P

    LOL

  • peterbleafs

    -Keon- Where is this?

    • peterbleafs

      -Keon- Awesome Rice Lake out to be a vegetable patch by the end of next week then.

  • Uncle Otis

    -Keon- 
    Try more fiber in your diet 😉

  • Mind Bomb

    Uncle Otis -Keon- hhaha Not shite !

  • Bobsyouruncle

    Yaknowwhat There ‘s absolutely no proof, track record or justification for saying Dave Nonis is one of the smartest hockey men in the game.

    • peterbleafs

      Bobsyouruncle Yaknowwhat Agreed, for now I am hoping he is.  Would be great if we can come to that conclusion with evidence this offseason.

      • Bobsyouruncle

        peterbleafs Bobsyouruncle Yaknowwhat I’m hoping too peter but you’ve got to show me first.

    • peterbleafs

      Bobsyouruncle Yaknowwhat Agreed, for now I am hoping he is.  Would be great if we can come to that conclusion with evidence this offseason.

    • Bobsyouruncle

      Yaknowwhat Bobsyouruncle Because he’s a good little elf and helps out with the legwork. No track record to speak of.

    • Bobsyouruncle

      Yaknowwhat Bobsyouruncle What’s the track record  or set of accomplishments that makes Nonis one of the smartest men in hockey?

    • Bobsyouruncle

      Yaknowwhat Bobsyouruncle This isn’t about Burke. You said “Nonis is one of the smartest men in hockey”. Back it up with….. you know, with something. 
      The fact you keep trying to make this about Burke tells me you’re talking out of your ass…. again.  lol

    • Bobsyouruncle

      Yaknowwhat Bobsyouruncle So you’ve got nothing.  Thought so.

    • Bobsyouruncle

      Yaknowwhat Bobsyouruncle I haven’t said Nonis is clueless or even that he’s not a smart hockey man. Not once. Those are your words. But it’s a long way from that to your claim that “he’s one of the smartest hockey men in the game”.  That’s a big statement and you offer no proof.

    • Bobsyouruncle

      Yaknowwhat Bobsyouruncle Not back pedaling on anything. Still waiting for you to prove you’re  statement that he is one of the smartest men in hockey.
      You once said on here that there isn’t much you don’t know about hockey. So I guess the only real difference between you and Burke is that he couldn’t find a job in the sheet metal trade.  lol

    • Bobsyouruncle

      Yaknowwhat Bobsyouruncle Jesus Dougy what time did you start drinking today? You’re starting to sound like one of those drunks who think they’re saying something really smart but it’s just stupidity and they’re too stoned to realize it.   
      Thanks for the entertainment but waiting for an intelligent answer from you as to why Nonis is “one of the smartest hockey men in the game” is obviously not forthcoming.   
      Oh, by the way, trying to change you stance from “Nonis is one of the smartest hockey men in the game” to “All GMs are smart” is backpedaling at it’s finest. Thanks for the laffs.

    • newkb

      Yaknowwhat Bobsyouruncle  So this year is all Nonis?  Maybe you haven’t been paying attention, but Nonis has basically reaped all the benefits of Burke’s previous moves in both his tenures as GM – especially this season.  Has nothing to do with him being smart (which he may or may not be), it has everything to do with Burke trusting him as an aide, and then being in the right place at the right time.
      You got schooled, my friend….

    • newkb

      Yaknowwhat Bobsyouruncle  So this year is all Nonis?  Maybe you haven’t been paying attention, but Nonis has basically reaped all the benefits of Burke’s previous moves in both his tenures as GM – especially this season.  Has nothing to do with him being smart (which he may or may not be), it has everything to do with Burke trusting him as an aide, and then being in the right place at the right time.
      You got schooled, my friend….

  • Burtonboy

    Johnston: Leafs GM Nonis anxious to make moves

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/johnston-leafs-gm-nonis-anxious-to-make-moves/

    • Zep2

      Burtonboy The not denying the Bernier interest is odd . I had no problem with Nonis trying to bring Kipper in for a play off run and to mentor Reimer and Scrivens. 
      But if management does consider Bernier, then their  faith in Riemer is not rock solid. In a short playoff run , he stole 2 games against the Bruins. Thats 2 more than Crawford, Lundquist, Fleury (lol)  and his back up. Wendel Clark must have someones ear. Besides a Cabbie

      • Burtonboy

        Zep2 Burtonboy I’m not putting much stock in the Bernier stuff to be honest . Nonis is just kicking tire to see if he can get him on the cheap. My guy feeling is if he can get an upgrade on Reimer he would look at it . Bernier is not that upgrade

      • Uncle Otis

        Zep2 
        You lost me on the Wendel/Cabbie reference….?

      • jimmyg65

        Zep2 Burtonboy

      • jimmyg65

        Zep2 Burtonboy I don’t get it either. Bernier and Reimer are the same age. Reimer has played 104 games (on an inferior team) and has a .915 save percentage. Bernier has played 62 games with a .912 percentage. He’s not an upgrade in any way.

        • Bobsyouruncle

          jimmyg65 Zep2 Burtonboy Not saying it’s what I think but maybe Nonis likes Reimer/Bernier better than Reimer/Scrivens going forward. Also we don’t know how strong or even real the Leafs interest is.

        • Burtonboy

          Bobsyouruncle jimmyg65 Zep2 Burtonboy My feeling is it just due diligence on Nonis’s part . If the rumor is true LA supposedly contacted 10 teams so I’m sure Nonis would listen . Doesn’t mean he’s gonna trade Frattin plus for him though .

        • Burtonboy

          Bobsyouruncle jimmyg65 Zep2 Burtonboy My feeling is it just due diligence on Nonis’s part . If the rumor is true LA supposedly contacted 10 teams so I’m sure Nonis would listen . Doesn’t mean he’s gonna trade Frattin plus for him though .

        • Bobsyouruncle

          Burtonboy Bobsyouruncle jimmyg65 Zep2 Can’t say it’s anything I hope happens. Just the added cap could be problematic. Don’t see it happening unless the scouts are strongly convinced that Bernier’s draft pedigree was warranted

        • jimmyg65

          Burtonboy Bobsyouruncle jimmyg65 Zep2 I hope so. Of course it would probably be great to have Bernier and Reimer, but not if we have to give anything major up for Bernier. I’m hoping they sign a reliable vet for two years at a reasonable price and trade Scrivens. Then let Sparks develop in the AHL…

        • Burtonboy

          Bobsyouruncle Burtonboy jimmyg65 Zep2 He’s making 1.5 now and will want a raise . Can’t see Nonis doing that

      • T_Ry

        Zep2 Burtonboy Not sure how serious they are about Bernier, but if nothing else, it certainly prevents complacency from setting in amongst the current players…no more “Blue-and-White Disease.”
        I actually like his whole “we’ll make any upgrade” approach for that reason.

        • canuckintheuk

          T_Ry Zep2 Burtonboy  First time Leafs Mgmt have said that in my memory.. even when we had very bad teams

        • T_Ry

          canuckintheuk T_Ry Zep2 Burtonboy Exactly…and look at how entitled those players were.  Remember Dominic “I played on the second line, so that means I should be paid like a second-line centre” Moore?
          (Speaking of which, does the Bozak situation remind anyone else of that?)

      • leafmealone

        Zep2 Burtonboy He could be being pushed to inquire by Lewieke. Or he could just be happy to push up the bidding for everyone else. After all, every asset other teams spend on a piece he doesn’t want, means one less piece they can offer on the ones he does.

        • T_Ry

          leafmealone Zep2 Burtonboy Good call.  It might also create some interest in Scrivezina among the teams who lose out.

        • leafmealone

          T_Ry leafmealone Zep2 Burtonboy There’s also that. But Reimer and Scrivens are offering an incredible value in net with the cap going down. I would be loath to trade for a vet who wants double what Ben is making to play backup. We could use the space elsewhere to more benefit.

        • leafmealone

          T_Ry leafmealone Zep2 Burtonboy There’s also that. But Reimer and Scrivens are offering an incredible value in net with the cap going down. I would be loath to trade for a vet who wants double what Ben is making to play backup. We could use the space elsewhere to more benefit.

      • Greg Fenton

        Zep2 Burtonboy As he said, they are looking to improve every position. If they think Bernier is a better goalie, why wouldn’t they look into aquiring him? Reimer also has a bit of an injury history – he has missed 31 games the last 2 seasons. They may want someone more dependable, at least at this point.

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          Greg Fenton Zep2 Burtonboy How do we know Bernier’s any more dependable though, he’s play backup minutes his entire NHL career and never carried the load.

        • Greg Fenton

          ingy56 Greg Fenton Zep2 Burtonboy They don’t know, just like they don’t know if Reimer will ever be injuried during his career again. 
          What they do KNOW is that Reimer has missed 31 games the last 2 seasons because of injury, Bernier is a high quality goalie that almost everyone believes can be a starter. 
          The management may love Reimer, doesn’t mean they might not see Bernier as an upgrade. The Islanders, for example, are probably very, very happy with Tavares as their #1 center, doesn’t mean they wouldn’t see Crosby as an upgrade. So if Bernier is available, why wouldn’t they talk to the Kings to see what it would cost to aqquire him? Doesn’t mean they will, doesn’t mean they don’t like Reimer.

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          Greg Fenton ingy56 Zep2 Burtonboy Oh I agree, that’s why Nonis’s statement about improving at every position was so blah. Sather would improve over Lundquist if he could. I like the idea of two quality goaltenders pushing each other, I’m just not sold that Bernier is an improvement over Reimer like many seem to believe. He’s unproven.

        • Greg Fenton

          ingy56 Greg Fenton Zep2 Burtonboy But its not your opinion or my opinion on him that matters. Its Leiweke’s and Nonis’s, and if they feel Bernier is an upgrade, its not odd at all they would be interested and it doesn’t mean they don’t have faith in Reimer. 
          And Bernier isn’t completley unproven. In 3 seasons (I’m not not counting the year he played 3 games) he has basically played 1 season as a starter and his numbers and performance has been good. He hasn’t been a starter yet, but he also isn’t a rookie with no experience.

  • 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.

    • mcloki

      TheCanucksnaphook mcloki Not at all. Have a nice round. We’ll still be here. 24/7. I’ve got meetings today as well.

    • Uncle Otis

      TheCanucksnaphook 
      Yes 😉

  • 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

      Burtonboy That’s why i feel all this signing Kessel and Phaneuf talk is premature. Let this buyout season happen. You never know what opportunities present themselves. And what crazy deals other teams will make. Philly I’m looking at you.

      • Burtonboy

        mcloki Burtonboy Kessel and Phaneuf is a separate issue altogether . Nonis just needs to make sure he leaves enough to get them signed . He’s holding off on everything else till he see what happens . This year is dramatically different from any other we’ve seen before

        • mcloki

          Burtonboy mcloki And Nonnis really only needs about 4 million in cap space to sign Kessel and Phaneuf. And the cap will go up next year.

  • phaneufoundlander

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

    • Burtonboy

      phaneufoundlander Habs lol

      • phaneufoundlander

        I was thinking the same thing, he’s a smurf and he’s a frog, perfect match….

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          phaneufoundlander I believe he refused a trade there already, but he refused a trade to anywhere I believe.

        • phaneufoundlander

          He still looks like a kid at 35 doesnt he?

        • leafmealone

          phaneufoundlander Nothing wrong with looking younger than you are.

      • phaneufoundlander

        I was thinking the same thing, he’s a smurf and he’s a frog, perfect match….

    • leafmealone

      phaneufoundlander Back to Buffalo?

  • 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?

    • Burtonboy

      KingTon Just check my list once you sign up .

      • KingTon

        Burtonboy KingTon Well that makes sense.  Thanks for the tip.

        • Burtonboy

          KingTon Burtonboy Rusty got em covered pretty good as well

        • KingTon

          Burtonboy KingTon Ok

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie
    TSN will be on air for entire duration of 2013 NHL Draft from Newark on Sun June 30. Draft starts at 3 pm ET. We’ll be on earlier than that.

  • Burtonboy

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

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

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

    • tucker2corson

      ingy56 haha i’d say so.. he fucking jinxed us

    • T_Ry

      ingy56 Have those Sportsnet guys ever actually made an accurate prediction?

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        T_Ry ingy56 Possibly, throw enough shit at a wall……

        • T_Ry

          ingy56 T_Ry …and you get a really shitty wall.  Gotcha.

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          T_Ry ingy56 Haha…or a shitty sports network.

    • T_Ry

      ingy56 Have those Sportsnet guys ever actually made an accurate prediction?

    • phaneufoundlander

      lol…we have no chance

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      canuckintheuk ingy56 That was Bubbles Shannon

    • Zep2

      ingy56 McLean and Shannon , the Oracles of Sportnet

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        Zep2 ingy56 More like orifices.

    • Dangle_My_Berries

      ingy56 Maclean’s been reading my stuff…

    • Dangle_My_Berries

      ingy56 Maclean’s been reading my stuff…

    • Dangle_My_Berries

      ingy56 Maclean’s been reading my stuff…

    • Uncle Otis

      LN-093 
      Wendel-lite.
      Less filling 😉

  • T_Ry

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

    • T_Ry

      canuckintheuk T_Ry Grade 12 English and Law.

      • leafmealone

        T_Ry canuckintheuk Just yell out in the middle of their exam, “There are no wrong answers!” and then cackle like a madman before saying, “no, seriously, there are.”

      • T_Ry

        leafmealone It would have more zing to it if they didn’t already expect that behaviour from me.  Especially the maniacal laughter.

      • leafmealone

        T_Ry leafmealone So how about, “100 bucks for the answers anybody?” And see who bites.

      • leafmealone

        T_Ry leafmealone So how about, “100 bucks for the answers anybody?” And see who bites.

  • 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.

    • Uncle Otis

      Zep2 
      Oh,…Thanks Zep
      Thought you meant THE Cabbie, self styled funny guy.
      I’d take an upgrade if it was a sure thing( Rask,Miller,Rinne,Quick etc) but Bernier gives me Toskala like vibes.
      Tending is good enough(and cheap) to ride the storm until someone truly better emerges affordably.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif 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.

    • leafmealone

      ingy56 You haven’t unfollowed and blocked that guy yet? Time is a precious commodity. Perhaps you need to rethink how you spend it. 😉

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        leafmealone ingy56 haha…just humour and curiosity…one day I’ll send him a snotty reply and he’ll block me instead. Same reason I usually listen to the Hockey Central idiots at noon. Comic relief.

        • leafmealone

          ingy56 leafmealone At one point I was doing that. It was back before Millard got all mouthy and felt like he was there for more than station identification and intros.

    • peterbleafs

      ingy56 Exactly, I never read the sports reporters articles or commentaries so actually do not have an opinion on any of these guys.  I find reading that stuff is a waste of my time, when I can watch hightlights form my own opinion and then go feed my fish.  Best way to handle sports reporters who are stupid is to a) never ever discuss them b) never read their stuff c) never repeat or copy any reference to them and d) never put their name into any comment positive or negative.

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        peterbleafs ingy56 That’s an approach I can respect for sure, I guess I’m just a cynic by nature and I love shooting these guys down if I can.

    • T_Ry

      ingy56 As bad as Cox and some of the Toronto Sun choads are, I live near Ottawa and am often exposed to the idiocy of their writers…Garrioch and Brennan make guys like Cox and Simmons look like Mensa members.

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        T_Ry ingy56 100% truth

      • leafmealone

        T_Ry ingy56 Yeah, they are way worse.

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          leafmealone T_Ry ingy56 Brennan’s article about Cooke’s supposed infatuation with Brennan’s penis struck a new low.

        • T_Ry

          ingy56 leafmealone T_Ry Honestly, he vomits enough stupidity onto paper that a lot of people I know around here considered it a non-story.  Kind of a case of “Brennan being Brennan.”

      • Uncle Otis

        T_Ry ingy56 
        They are tire pumping homers..devoid of  integrity.
        And yes,very dumb.
        Here we have the complete and polar opposite.
        Forever disparaging and write like they are the smartest guys in the room..many never having picked up a facking hockey stick
        I’d like something in between.

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          Uncle Otis T_Ry ingy56 100% hindsight experts, correct every time.

        • T_Ry

          ingy56 Uncle Otis T_Ry To me, that’s what creates the value in this site.  No clear homers or haters among the bloggers; generally just sober and insightful commentary.  No one writing to move their bones.

        • Dangle_My_Berries

          T_Ry ingy56 Uncle Otis agree, the writing on this page is balanced and the writers give credit where it is due

        • leafmealone

          T_Ry ingy56 Uncle Otis True. Unless you bring up MacA that is. lol

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          leafmealone T_Ry ingy56 Uncle Otis Haha… or criticize Dion.

        • T_Ry

          leafmealone T_Ry ingy56 Uncle Otis What’s your feeling on him?  Do we bring him back, or shake his hand and wish him luck in his future endeavours?

        • leafmealone

          T_Ry leafmealone ingy56 Uncle Otis All about cost. And the lineup structure that RC wants to play. I don’t like overpaying him to play on our third line. And I’d really rather not see him play in our top 6.

        • T_Ry

          leafmealone T_Ry ingy56 Uncle Otis If they offer him a contract, I just hope they factor his leadership into the equation.  He shouldn’t be a second-liner, I agree, but he looks good on a third line with some skill.

  • Uncle Otis

    The only constant is the whine.
    Tea and tennis gentlemen?

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      canuckintheuk Uncle Otis Stick him in the Tower of London will you please?

    • Uncle Otis

      canuckintheuk 
      Maybe he’ll choke on a banger. 😉

    • leafmealone

      Uncle Otis The whine and the cheese.

  • Uncle Otis

    The only constant is the whine.
    Tea and tennis gentlemen?

  • Greg Fenton

    Yaknowwhat Because the Leafs are at a very important junction right now. They just had their greatest success in almost a decade and almost the entire roster will be free agents this year and next. 
    That being said, that success really wasn’t that great and the team still has a lot of holes that need to be filled, mostly at the “top” of the roster. 
    Its a very important and tricky time for the franchise. The rights moves could elevate the team now and/or in the future, the wrong moves could be a repeat of Fergusons time here.  Everyone has their own opinion on what he should be doing, so there are going to be a lot of people questioning him and what he is doing.

  • 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?

    • ChrisStoner

      Uncle Otis I think it’s an interesting idea but I don’t think it is feasible. They should enforce the delay of game penalty more when teams are obvious about buying time (delaying) after they have iced the puck.

      • Uncle Otis

        ChrisStoner 
        They should..but don’t.
        This is more black and white..kind of like the shot over glass penalty(like it or hate it)
        I just find that too many teams ice with virtual impunity,slowing down the game to a snails’ pace.
        And PP’s seem too ineffective.
        I believe the old rule didn’t allow icings on PK’s either,so I think this would be an overall boon to scoring.
        Purists will not like it,but we jumped that shark long ago.

        • ChrisStoner

          Uncle Otis   I don’t mind the icing on the PK. However I would still think it would get abused, possibly even more so in the case of the penalty killers. Would they not just want to continue to ice it and give themselves some rest? Could contribute to more goals off of faceoffs but takes away from the flow of the game.

          The 4 strikes and you’re out is an interesting idea but I think it would be too difficult to implement – it would be just another thing the officials would have to keep track of.

        • rustynail

          ChrisStoner Uncle Otis we know how well the officials are at accepting more responsibility competantly

        • Uncle Otis

          ChrisStoner 
          The timekeepers would be responsible, and post each icing on the clock. Pretty simple really.
          I just find powerplays aren’t what they used to be,so this is a double deterrent and should open up scoring.
          Last nights game was excellent,but quite rare.
          As much as I want the Leafs to continue to follow the B’s model(under current rule set) allowing players more open ice/better opportunities vs a icing impaired PK would be exciting.

        • Loric76

          Uncle Otis ChrisStoner the solution is simple.  If team 1 ices the puck, they have to be ready for the puck drop before team 2 and the refs.  There’s more than enough time for this, since team 2 is likely changing lines while team 1 can’t.  If team 2 is ready to go before team 1, team 1 gets a delay of game.

          It might be a little harsh, but it’s simple and removes subjectivity.  You’re either ready or your not.

        • Uncle Otis

          Loric76 
          Refs will still turn a blind eye IMO…like when coach sends out two players who weren’t on the ice,and the refs dilly dally trying to figure out who was really on…that’s an automatic delay of game.
          But its never called.
          I really think an 4-0 icing penalty approach would liven up the game and better than making bigger nets.
          Think of the crowd watching/ancipating a call with 3-0 counts.
          Nobody will want to ice,and that will create big opportunities both ways.

        • ChrisStoner

          Uncle Otis Loric76 I don’t agree with that. Icing is a part of the game and it functions well when properly adhered to. I don’t think adding another dynamic to the game would benefit the viewership. It is already annoying when the defenceman skates back as slowly as possible to ensure and icing and that would only increase in your example.

        • Uncle Otis

          ChrisStoner 
          Lots of things have been “part of the game “and changed for the better.
          I hate icings personally..and judging the the NHL`s desire to punish them..they agree.
          Just think this to be more effective, and it`s not like you can`t ice still…just within reason.
          And slow skaters get waved off.

  • Dink

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

    • Uncle Otis

      @Dink 
      The frustration on Chara’s mug was pricelsss :)

    • leafmealone

      @Dink I was laughing watching Seguin get stripped leading to Chicago’s shorty. Especially as it came on the same day as a Boston Bruins blogger wrote an article titled “Maturing Seguin coming up big in Finals”. lolol

      • Dink

        leafmealone i think he is trade bait lol

      • Uncle Otis

        leafmealone 
        And the unholy trio were pumping his tires just prior too.
        “Ooohhh…look at him skate”  says Jim with a woody.
        It ain’t Disney On Ice
        Spin-ach.

        • Dink

          Uncle Otis leafmealone hahaha

      • GeorgeCastanza

        leafmealone MVP

    • leafmealone

      @Dink I was laughing watching Seguin get stripped leading to Chicago’s shorty. Especially as it came on the same day as a Boston Bruins blogger wrote an article titled “Maturing Seguin coming up big in Finals”. lolol

    • Dink

      canuckintheuk looks good on him

    • Dangle_My_Berries

      canuckintheuk Kids amazing…

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/EricFrancishttps://twitter.com/EricFrancis/status/347711265180897280
    BREAKING: Stunning video of washed out Hwy 1 in Canmore where floods have access from https://twitter.com/search?q=%23YYC&src=hash to Canmore/Banff closed http://t.co/X3wYqsiqMc

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      rustynail That’s wild.

      • Uncle Otis

        ingy56 rustynail 
        Wow…grab a kayak.
        Wonder if that’s from rain or did something let go?

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          Uncle Otis ingy56 rustynail Maybe Doorman was bangin’ a Bingo Babe on a retaining wall?

        • Uncle Otis

          ingy56 
          Fat bottomed girls they make his rockin’ world go ’round. ;P

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          Uncle Otis ingy56 “Did the earth move for you darling…What the F***!!!”

        • Uncle Otis

          ingy56 
          Hahahaha..nice Ingy
          That even sounds like Dman :)

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/CartoonInkhttps://twitter.com/CartoonInk/status/347702019454283776
    Cougar Creek, Before & After. Top photo from pedestrian bridge, this is what it looks like normally. https://twitter.com/wgraham76 http://t.co/XCx3S3krvy

  • 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?

    • Uncle Otis

      KingTon 
      It was so much better when you follow the topped replies, and if you didn’t understand it, click/read the context below in the referenced poster. Loved it.
      Leo thinks we are dinosaurs…gotta get with the 90’s  haha

      • KingTon

        Uncle Otis KingTon It’s going to be brutal in here when there is high activity.  Be great to hide that reply button.  That is what I don’t understand.  People complain about the nested comments but continue to use the reply button which continues this horrid layout lol.

        • Uncle Otis

          KingTon 
          Thing is, if you don’t have the previous post referenced accessible, then the only people who can understand/follow along are the two involved.
          Old system rocked.

        • KingTon

          Uncle Otis KingTon Yes, that is the brutal part.

        • rustynail

          Uncle Otis KingTon 100 % agree I may like this one the least except that it doesn’t crash

        • Uncle Otis

          rustynail 
          My “new comments” vanish periodically and have to refresh.
          Otherwise Im am scrolling up/down looking for new ones to suddenly pop up.
          Don’t want to bitch too much,but clearly those around here long enough to remember the old system prefer it hands down.

        • Uncle Otis

          rustynail 
          My “new comments” vanish periodically and have to refresh.
          Otherwise Im am scrolling up/down looking for new ones to suddenly pop up.
          Don’t want to bitch too much,but clearly those around here long enough to remember the old system prefer it hands down.

        • canuckintheuk

          LN-093 Uncle Otis rustynail  Yeah I noticed that HE ACTUALLY REPLIED TWICE AS WELL. LOL

        • KingTon

          canuckintheuk LN-093 Uncle Otis rustynail lol do as I say not as I do.

        • Uncle Otis

          LN-093 Uncle Otis 
          Rebels without a blog. :)
          Because I disagree. and find the @ sign without context just as confusing…maybe more so.

        • KingTon

          LN-093 Uncle Otis Yeah it’s not bad.  Will be brutal on a heavily active day.

        • Uncle Otis

          LN-093 
          Funny,most times I click one,read it,go to click another and they vanish.

        • Uncle Otis

          LN-093 
          Agreed…well,its out of our hands anyway
          Ill tough it out no matter.

      • Bobsyouruncle

        Uncle Otis KingTon Back to the future.   lol   
        Well it’s not as much fun as DISQUS SUCKS!!!!!!   but what the hell…..LIVEFYRE SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!

        • Dangle_My_Berries

          Bobsyouruncle Uncle Otis KingTon performance and stability wise its rock solid….it gets lower marks in user interface and accessibility

  • Dink

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

    • Uncle Otis

      @Dink 
      Nonis would make a great poker player…no tells.
      Burke would simply bully his way to the pot.

      • Dink

        Uncle Otis true lol

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      @Dink Listening to the Craptors GM and he’s saying all the same things, upgrade at every position blah blah blah…must be in the MLSE employee handbook.

      • Dink

        ingy56 Craptors will never get better, Jays..not sure yet…

        • theacs1966

          @Dink ingy56 I don’t follow baseball much, but I read an article to two about how the Jays were the favs to win the East…….I think it was in April, around there, I assume they’re in 1st by now.

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          theacs1966 ingy56 Oh shit no…still last in the East but creeping towards a wildcard. They still have lots of ground to make up.

        • leafmealone

          ingy56 theacs1966 Good news for them is that there’s like 90 games left, and they’re only 4 games back from a wildcard berth. 8 game win streaks really help.

        • theacs1966

          ingy56 theacs1966 Yep, last 10 gms havent’ hurt.

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          leafmealone ingy56 theacs1966 They’ve had a soft touch lately schedule-wise, they have a series with Baltimore coming up and these are the games they have to win.

      • Dink

        ingy56 Craptors will never get better, Jays..not sure yet…

      • leafmealone

        ingy56 except with the Raps, it’s not meaningless talk. Unlike the Leafs who have a lot of the pieces in place, the Raps need help desperately pretty much everywhere.

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          leafmealone ingy56 But everyone already knows they need help so why the same rehearsed crapola?

        • leafmealone

          ingy56 leafmealone My point was from the Raps it’s the truth. From the Leafs it’s crapola.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/mirtlehttps://twitter.com/mirtle/status/347719435517296640
    TSN announces it has locked up TV rights to world junior tournament through 2024.

  • 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

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      canuckintheuk Dangle_My_Berries Those that can’t do analyze.

      • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

        canuckintheuk ingy56 Dangle_My_Berries Exactly.

    • Uncle Otis

      @TheCanucksnaphook
      Wow you cram in 18 holes quickly 😉

    • canuckintheuk

      Uncle Otis  Thats what she said. :-)

    • Uncle Otis

      canuckintheuk 
      Actually was a reference to his old “mens nite” quote haha
      Long memories ’round here. :)

    • Uncle Otis

      TheCanucksnaphook
      I’d like to see what you could shoot up here on The Highlands course.
      I wont play it as I cant afford the broken windows.
      Long, tight fairways and tough rough.
      Plus the beer girls are never around.

    • Uncle Otis

      canuckintheuk 
      I know I know…sooooo tempting.
      Think he’s in serious mode today though. haha
      Golf will do that to ya.

    • Uncle Otis

      canuckintheuk 
      Yes, she said “driver Phook” so he started the car and his ball markers behind. :)

    • Uncle Otis

      canuckintheuk Uncle Otis 
      Big Bertha is Doorman’s sweety 😉
      Me,I screw like I golf.
      Everything in but the balls :)

    • Uncle Otis

      TheCanucksnaphook
      hahaha…u gotta roll with it Phook.
      Ensign`s riding a bison somewhere, wind in his beard.. and laughing.

  • Jay_Berg

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

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      Jay_Berg I thought they were getting Lalongo too.

      • Dangle_My_Berries

        ingy56 Jay_Berg Isn’t Scrivens the best goalie prospect in the NHL based on his numbers in the AHL a year ago?

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          Dangle_My_Berries ingy56 Jay_Berg Sure, but he’s a Leaf prospect remember.

        • Dangle_My_Berries

          ingy56 Dangle_My_Berries Jay_Berg ohhhh yaaa…..

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          TheCanucksnaphook ingy56 Exactly

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          canuckintheuk Dangle_My_Berries ingy56 Jay_Berg Bernier will be 25 in a month

        • Jay_Berg

          I like Scrivens but let’s not get crazy he’s certainly not considered a top prospect. He may or may not ever be a starter.
          Markstrom is widely regarded as a future franchise goalie.

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          Jay_Berg So was DiPietro

        • Jay_Berg

          I don’t even know how to respond to that, not sure how that’s relevant at all

        • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

          Jay_Berg Just saying that being widely regarded and actually working out are two different things. Cujo wasn’t even drafted and worked his way to the top. Sometimes the experts are wrong.

        • mcloki

          ingy56 Jay_Berg BURN.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Is it wrong that I hope the fireworks explosion in montreal was close to the Bell Center?

  • 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.

    • Dink

      LN-093 not neccesarily, but you have to show a decent replacement or upgrade for those dealt or let go.

    • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

      @Dink I wonder if perhaps Nonis looks to his present staff for the Marlie job. Maybe Dave Farrish could go down and do the job or even Gordon? Farrish is well acquainted with Carlyle’s methods and could provide a nice transition.

      • Dink

        ingy56 I think he is needed where he is

    • Dink

      -Keon- Definitely and Columbus is no slouch

    • Snots

      @Dink Good Points Mr. Dink

    • Bobsyouruncle

      LN-093 Actually Grabo is not a bad face-off man with numbers above 50% and only slightly short of Bozak’s.     
      In the last 3 seasons Grabovski has, while having less ESTOI/G and less PPTOI/G than Bozak, and without the benefit of Kessel or Lupul:    
       61 goals to Bozak’s 45.   
      125 points to Bozak’s 107.   
      Grabovski 203 games, Bozak 201.   
      Bozak played more PK but was the 4th forward this year and his 1:38/game would be easily replaced especially if we add Gordon.

  • 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.

  • rustynail

    LN-093 TheCanucksnaphook who do we not sign to leave room for his contract?

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/BuffaloSabreshttps://twitter.com/BuffaloSabres/status/347734837613969409
    BREAKING NEWS: The Buffalo Sabres have signed goaltender Jhonas Enroth to a two-year contract

  • Snots

    I wonder if Tim Thomas is watching the playoffs

    • Snots

      TheCanucksnaphook Snots  more like George Clooney, Cher  and Kevin Costner

      • Snots

        TheCanucksnaphook Snots hahaha

      • Uncle Otis

        TheCanucksnaphook 
        TT gets a bad rap
        He`d say yes to Nuge and no to the rest.
        He hated Bush too.
        Against overbearing Gov`t control and for pro freedoms/liberties.. spiced with a hint of nuttiness.

      • Bobsyouruncle

        Uncle Otis TheCanucksnaphook
        NON HOCKEY RELATED (Probably not suitable for work)    
        Speaking of nuttiness, did you see the latest crazy video from John MacAfee?   
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bKgf5PaBzyg#at=106

      • Uncle Otis

        Bobsyouruncle 
        That is totally wacked…I like it!
        Was waiting for the burro and circus midgets to roll in lol.

      • .JVR.

        Uncle Otis
        LOL!

      • leafmealone

        Bobsyouruncle Uncle Otis TheCanucksnaphook This is without a doubt the best post you’ve ever put up.

      • leafmealone

        Bobsyouruncle Uncle Otis TheCanucksnaphook This is without a doubt the best post you’ve ever put up.

      • leafmealone

        Bobsyouruncle Uncle Otis TheCanucksnaphook This is without a doubt the best post you’ve ever put up.

      • leafmealone

        Bobsyouruncle Uncle Otis TheCanucksnaphook This is without a doubt the best post you’ve ever put up.

      • Uncle Otis

        leafmealone 
        Guy has the balls to lampoon himself while satirically taking a shot at the corporate controlled media who portray him as “nuts”
        Aces in my books

  • Uncle Otis

    TheCanucksnaphook 
    Miller..and I plug my nose like I did with Eddie.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/fearthefinhttps://twitter.com/fearthefin/status/347739080714498049
    Sharks re-sign Torres to three-year contract. http://t.co/o9DakxtoSt

    • Snots

      rustynail thats a surprise

      • Uncle Otis

        TheCanucksnaphook 
        Twenty years ago Torres would be a hero.
        IF he can alter his game like Cooke,he can be a very effective crash and banger.
        Pronlem is,the League has given him the Scarlett Letter.

      • Snots

        TheCanucksnaphook Uncle Otis Just thought he would play the field more for more cash

    • Burtonboy

      rustynail 2 mil per eh

      • rustynail

        Burtonboy rustynail yup