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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.

 

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395 comments
itsagameson
itsagameson

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.

ll
ll

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



Jon520
Jon520

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.......

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

The TB Rays always kick our butts...

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

Who did the Leafs pick in MacKenzie's show? I was taking a nap. LOL

ingy56
ingy56

Haha....MacLean picked Zherdev again! LOL

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

Monahan, Lindholm and Nurse before Nickushkin? Does Button think the Canes are scared of "The Russian Factor"?

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

There is a big difference between what I think they should do and what I think they will do, and I full expect Kessel (and Phaneuf) to be Leafs at the start of next season. 

I have season tickets in the upper bowl and go to about half the home games a year. One thing that I don't think comes across on TV that well is, when Kessel is playing at the dominate level he able too (end of this year and the playoffs) when he crosses the blue line with the puck he is able to make the other really back off and give him space. Teams have to play him like a good Point Guard in basketball - can't come right at him, can't completely leave him alone. 

Kessel was drafted as a center and has played center before. If the Leafs can't find a #1 center this off-season, going after a winger like Horton or Clarkson and sliding Kessel to center could work out very well for the team. Nonis and co. are betting/are goign to bet that Kessel will come in next year and play at that dominating level for the whole season, and if he can, a center who forces the other team to back off when he crosses the blue line creates lots of options for himself and for his team. 

Its an option I certainly don't think they should rule out. 

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

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.

Armchair GM
Armchair GM

Anybody know if Nonis will be joining Burke on his summer fishing trip?  Who typically attends?

Jordan29
Jordan29

I keep forgetting about Biggs and Percy we drafted. I think the are getting close to playing no?

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

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. 

Loric76
Loric76

with livefyre do you guys have the site basically die for a few minutes and then have 20 posts all show up at once?  been happening to me ever since the move, much more noticeable lately with how busy the sites been

RielledUp
RielledUp

I would wayyyyyyyyyyy rather Hartman than Gauthier...

4evrblue
4evrblue

Button says Hartman @ 22, he's my boy in this draft

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

@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. 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@B_Leaf Any centre we get at 21 wont be wearing a leaf uniform for quite a while. 

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Jordan29 

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.

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

@Jordan29 Percy will need a year at least. Biggs probably two, imo. 

Loric76
Loric76

@Jordan29 think Percy is closer but both will be Marlies rookies this year

tucker2corson
tucker2corson

@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

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@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.

whalz
whalz

can go wrong with either

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@ingy56 @Shift_Disturber1 Ok thanks.  He wasn't really doing a draft, just his rankings then? 

I did catch Button and the mock draft.


All the Rychel discussion here has left me a little gun shy on that pick. Gauthier I thought was interesting a little while back.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Komas Taberle @Xxxxxnew @Jordan29 Havent seen him play but wouldn't there be some benefit in some time with the Marlies just because of the new culture, smaller rink, bigger players etc?

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@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.