Dave Nonis stopped by TSN radio earlier this afternoon. Summary after the jump.
On the process of acquiring Bernier:
We had gone back and forth a couple of times throughout the course of the year trying to make it fit. There were roadblocks from one side or the other, and we decided to shelve it until the end of the year. It was the excitement of bringing another top young goaltender, having Jonathan and James together gives us one of the top 1-2 punches of potential in the NHL.
On whether he considered other options in net:
We had a couple other goalies (in our sights) but focused more on Jonathan in terms of a long term guy. It was well documented that we looked at a veteran down the stretch, but in terms of a long term guy he was the one we were most focused on.
On whether he’s worried about a goaltending controversy:
That’s always that risk at any position. We could have a top center that gets pushed down to 2nd or 3rd and not be happy, but if you have the right people, with right character, they are going to battle as hard as they can and both will benefit . It’s a situation where we feel we have two guys who have great character who will both compete for that job and push hard for the net.
On splitting starts:
Randy uses his players in terms of ice time pretty well. The guy who is hottest is getting the most ice. Both players will play quite a few games. It won’t be a 70/12 split.
On Reimer’s reaction:
Professional. He was a little bit surprised that we brought in a similar player. He was thinking we would get a more established older guy to join him. I explained to him we didn’t rule that out but that there wasn’t a good fit for us, or for James. He understands that, and he doesn’t expect to have anything given to him. He is a very driven guy. If you look at what he’s accomplished, you can make a case he improved as much as anyone on our team over the past few years. He wants to keep the net.
On whether he would now move James Reimer:
I’d never say no. Is there a situation where certain players are untouchable? No. Not if you can make your team better. Do we expect to, or are we trying to move James? Not at all. The thinking is that we will have both players here at training camp and battling for the opening night starting position.
On his off-season plans from here:
Down the middle is really where championship teams are built. Watching the final 4 teams and the final 2 gives you a good example of what to follow. We’ll look to strengthen the C position and continue to add a couple of guys on the back end. We have a lot of good young defencemen that are not quite ready yet. To try to find a C is something we will look hard to do, but most teams looking for the same things. Hardest positions to add to.
On trading for a number one center:
It would have to be through a trade, and a little luck. if you have a No. 1 C or a guy who you believe will become one, you don’t usually move him, unless you’re just so deep and you have a glaring need somewhere else. We’ll keep looking to acquire one, but we’re not the only team looking to do that, many teams are in the same position. We’ve been fortunate that some of the guys here have made some strides and played above where we expected them at this point.
On the cap coming down, and whether it’s harder or easier to do a deal:
Lawyer’s answer: Both. More people than usual looking to make a deal, but more difficult to complete one. A lot of teams have cap issues whether it’s because of internal budgets or the cap itself dropping. There are going to be a lot of options but most teams have limited cap space. It will be a moving target between now and the start of FA.
On Tyler Bozak:
We would like to keep him. we are going to do what we can to see if we can keep Tyler. He’s done what we’ve asked of him. It’s a function of making it fit within a falling cap. We have a little bit of time and we are gonna see if we can get him signed by the 5th. If not, we will have to reallocate those dollars and find another solution.
On compliance buyouts, and whether he envisions using one or both:
Definitely an option, but we’re not at that position yet. We’re going see what happens at the draft, what pieces can be moved. The buyout period is just starting. Plenty of time to make those decisions.
I'll start it here now. JVR+KESSEL+BOZAK ( we use our nice pension fund money here to give him a 'fair' base salary for pit to pay and we pay him a signing bonus that gets him to bite ) +Colbourne+1st+Prospect for Crosby/Dupuis. Buy-out Gabby. Pick up Clarkson// Horton. So i ice Lupul with Crosby and Horton ---- Clarkson Kadri Dupuis. A lot of depth to move. But that is why pension fund money and full rinks was invented.
trade phaneuf for a young defense that can take a lot of minutes and a early 1st round draft pick and take a center like max domi
Imho, not with standing the players the Leafs have to resign, it will be a successful summer if solidified the goal tending(done) and sign Clarkson(hoping).....this guy is 'the package'....grit, will drop em, can score(30goals 2yrs ago and on pace for 30 in the shortened season. Basically, Clarkson is a Komerov who scores a TON more!! These r 2 BIG upgrades for the Leafs....komerov to Clarkson and Scrivy to Bernier.......
Monahan, Lindholm and Nurse before Nickushkin? Does Button think the Canes are scared of "The Russian Factor"?
In the draft I want the best player, but I do feel we have the most pressing need to add centers. Although I think Toninato is a sleeper prospect.
I was late turning on TSN. Made it just on time to see the Leafs' pick in the mock draft. There's no way the Caps/Nucks should get Morrissey/Pulock. Those guys definitely shouldn't fall that far. I wanna see the whole list now! If either of those guys were available at 21, and the Leafs passed on them, I'd lose it. We need forward prospects more than D prospects, but those guys are top 15 prospects in this draft, imo.
I really want the Leafs to take Rychel if they don't trade the pick... but I got a feeling a team goes off the board for him.
Some guys who filled out the Leafs roster 5 years ago.
Jeff Finger, Lee Stempniak, John Mitchell, Boyd Devereaux, Mike Van Ryn, Jeremy Williams, Jonas Frogren, Brad May, Ryan Hollweg, Phil Oreskovic, Jaime Sifers, Christian Hanson, Carlo Colaiacovo, Andre Deveaux, Jay Harrison, Tim Stapleton, Ben Ondrus, Kris Newbury
@Shift_Disturber1 Rychel was ranked 21 by Mac, Button had the Leafs taking Gauthier
@Shift_Disturber1 kerby rychel
@Greg Fenton kessel isn't defensive enough for centre
@Greg Fenton So many players are drafted as centers and then shift over to wing. I doubt Kessel will convert.
@B_Leaf I think BPA is a good strategy, but if it's pretty much a toss-up between two guys, you should go with the one that fills positional needs the best.
@B_Leaf Any centre we get at 21 wont be wearing a leaf uniform for quite a while.
@Armchair GM Sather usually goes.
@Jordan29 Granberg looked good in international play this year.
I think both Percy and Biggs are two years away. The only guy who maybe only one year away is Leivo.
DAmigo and Colborne are ready now IMO although I would way rather Bozak over Colborne.
@Jordan29 Blacker will play before Percy.
@Jordan29 Percy will need a year at least. Biggs probably two, imo.
@DWCMLHS a lot of scouts did a 360 on pulock as the season went on.. they like his puck movement and slapper.. but they have said he below average in his own zone.. some scouts see him as a 2nd rounder...interesting player though... morrissey go much earlier i think... saw him a bit..good gritty offensive d-man
@Loric76 Morin is my pick for the Leafs
@hoolihan RW had a record approaching 100 points in the 80-odd games before the team crashed a year ago. He was let go two weeks after the slump began. The only reason for firing him before the slump is because some people didn't like his demeanour.
@hoolihan you mean Burke?
@Loric76 You called it man.
@Xxxxxnew How did we win a game ?
@-Keon- Jason Blake was our leading point and goal getter that year.
@-Keon- Wasted oxygen?
@hoolihan @Xxxxxnew Point was, it looked like they had turned the corner and had improved in the spring of 2011 running through February of 2012 when they piled up a 95-100 point record over the course of the previous 80 games or so. Then came the crash and Wilson was fired within two weeks. Carlyle was available by then as well.