Dave Nonis Friday Media Availability

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Matricks
Matricks

Trade Gardner to Colorado for the 1st (MacKinnon). Top line centres are almost impossible to get. Yes Gardner is proven and MacKinnnon worth is likely preception. Hopefully MacKinnon can make the jump and I think is worth the risk.

maximus_asinus
maximus_asinus

second question

Can a team negotiate a new contract with a pending UFA on another team before a trade is executed? Was this an addition to the CBA? Could Toronto talk to Stastny in Colorado for example and execute a trade that would be contingent on him resigning in Toronto before he hit the market?

maximus_asinus
maximus_asinus

Good morning all.

So I had a question, or rather I need confirmation on something. I was talking hockey shop with a few friends and they suggested that the Leafs are in serious cap trouble going into next year and they won't be able to resign Phaneuf. I crunched some numbers and to me we are well below the cap now and would be under by about 8 million if we resigned our RFAs and did not make another trade. Then looking to next year, combining a buyouts, salary retention, Liles contract all expiring and the likelyhood that the cap increases, we would be in even better shape next season. Is there something wrong with my logic and or math here?

mcloki
mcloki

Morning gents. Just waiting for a deal or 2.

dave14keon
dave14keon

1 more sleep until Santa Nonis bring us our new toys to play with  

WendelGilmour
WendelGilmour

From the Toronto Sun; The Leafs received some good news on Friday about three draft picks from 2012. Defencemen Morgan Rielly (fifth overall), Matt Finn (35th) and forward Ryan Rupert (157th) have been invited to the Canadian junior camp this summer. 

I'm not surprised at Rielly, or Finn, but Rupert is a pleasant surprise to me.

Armchair GM
Armchair GM

If the cap issues can be addressed the obvious choice and highest probability of a deal is likely for Stastny in terms of age and playmaking ability as a centre.  Last year when all the Luongo crap was flying I made a case that Bernier would be a good acquisition... 

Axle_Goalie
Axle_Goalie

Will anyone pay Bozak 5+ mill to do what he does? Motherfucker needs to take a page out of Kunitz's book and realize his stats are bolstered by those around him.

KurtWhite
KurtWhite

Malone is on the market why not go for him? cheaper then Clarkson and signed for only 2 more years so we wont have to deal with those extra years when everyone will be crying that Clarkson is so over paid

whalz
whalz

please NONIS:

sign VINNY 4 yrs 4.5

sign Clarkson 4 yrs 4.5

sign ference 2 yrs 2.5

whalz
whalz

dreger says floodgates

ek says dominoes.

anyone else see a pattern here? lol

maximus_asinus
maximus_asinus

and to clarify, this is not a "we should trade for Stastny" post persay, I am just looking for clarification on the rules of the CBA

Dink
Dink

@maximus_asinus we are in as good a shape as anyone, depending what is spent from this point forward..still have the 2 buyouts also

WendelGilmour
WendelGilmour

@maximus_asinus You are correct. The cap will rise, and the Leafs have a pile of expiring contracts after this season.

Wook
Wook

We cannot have two overpaid centres in Grabo and Bozak, regardless of the fact that Kadri is looking for a big chunk as well. Neither will live up to the expectations attached to the price tag they command. I would be okay with a two year term for Bozak if we have no other options, this should give enough time to figure out if Kadri could indeed hang with the big boys of the league consistently throughout 82+ games.

The C position is our weakest both in current roster and prospects

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@whalz doubt vinny signs here 

.JVR.
.JVR.

@whalz 

With Gunnarsson, Gardiner, Liles and Fraser on the left side already, where do you plan on playing Ference?

Knights2Leafs
Knights2Leafs

@maximus_asinus 

Answer is a team needs Colorado's permission to talk contract extension and everyone else is on a new thread.  See ya there.

whalz
whalz

i think Liles is dealt, and fraser will be the 7th guy imo

gunner-dion

gardiner-franson

ference-blacker or granberf

(fraser)

whalz
whalz

jvr-vinny-PK

lups-kadri-clarkson

  mlclement-grabs-kuly

orr-colborne-ashton

whalz
whalz

hes the big centre with size who will put up 60-70 pts with PK

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Black_Hawk

Oh, play Ference on the right side?


Gunnarsson   -   Phaneuf

Gardiner   -   Ference

Fraser   -   Franson

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Cloud09 

Yes he could, but that would really deplete our forward corps.

Remember, we've already lost Komarov and Frattin, while Bozak and MacArthur are UFAs.

Cloud09
Cloud09

Along with Gardiner, Kulemin could also be considered a trade chip. Pair up Kulemin/Percy or Blacker/21st pick, I think Pittsburgh would be interested in that. Neal-Malkin-Kulemin would be scary. 

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Cloud09

The only problem is Pittsburgh probably wants Gardiner in return (along with a prospect and a 1st) so you can take him out of that mock lineup.

whalz
whalz

if you sign Letang for 7-8mil then buyouts of grabs is must

.JVR.
.JVR.

@whalz 

I suppose you could do that, but I'd rather find a defenceman to play with Phaneuf.

Letang would be perfect, but the price Pittsburgh will want for him will be far too high and his contact demands are the same.

Would definitely round out the defence nicely though:


Phaneuf   -   Letang

Gardiner   -   Franson

Gunnarsson   -   Blacker/Holzer/Granberg

(Fraser)

whalz
whalz

ference isnt a first pairing dman, hes a perfect 2nd or 3rd pairing guy

mcloki
mcloki

Wouldn't you play Ference with Dion.

.JVR.
.JVR.

@whalz 

If you're gonna put Colborne and Ashton on the fourth line, you might as well leave them in the AHL, where they'd get top line minutes with the Marlies.

Savo43
Savo43

@DWCMLHS @Savo43 Personally i think bozaks underrated defensively, dno how many times ive seen him negate a tic toe play lifting a stick at the right time.

sniperstar
sniperstar

@DWCMLHS Good players tend to find ways to work with each other. I think Grabo and Phil are good players and can probably learn to work together.

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

@Uncle Otis @DWCMLHS Well, regardless of what either of us think would happen, they should at least be tried together for long enough to actually make a fair assessment. Good players usually find a way to work together. 

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@DWCMLHS

I know what I see of Grabo this year and before.

Grabo has had a tendency to hold the puck too long before this season...its not new.

Phil should get the puck on the fly IMO//less turnovers.

Need a guy with vision to find Kessel (see Kadri)

My opinion is they are a poor match..your opinion reads like fact.

It isn't.

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

@Savo43 Grabovski is good defensively. Much better than Bozak. That's why Carlyle made him the shut-down C. Although he shouldn't have been, because his offensive ability is very good too, and playing a purely defensive role negated it. 

Savo43
Savo43

@DWCMLHS Agreed, the brief periods have provided offense no doubt, i remember specifically the moments saying to myself "damn, why don't they play together! 20 seconds on the ice together and they score". 

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

@Uncle Otis 

A: No he doesn't. He carried the puck more this season because he had to play with McClement and Komarov so much. MacArthur was the primary puck-rusher and playmaker on the MGK line, not Grabo. 

B: Phil doesn't need a playmaking center, anyways. Since he's the one rushing the puck and entering the O-zone with possession most of the time, he sets up most of the plays. He'd be the playmaker on a JVR-Grabo-Kessel line and still score 30+ goals, simply because he's THAT good. 

Savo43
Savo43

@whalz That comment about Grabo with Kessel, that is very untrue. I've seen them generate some solid offense together n the past. Its never even been given a shot outside of line changes resulting with them accidentally being on the ice and scoring. That side, defensively i think it could be a bad situation so it doesn't get done. 

Savo43
Savo43

@mcloki yeah i think he's just gonna sign a 1 year deal unfortunately, nless its mtl or something. 

mcloki
mcloki

I'm still waiting to see more fallout and people on the market.

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

@whalz That's just a giant assumption on your part. They've never been together long enough to have a chance at developing chemistry. And in the brief periods of time they have been together, they have been great. So have Kessel and Kadri, though. Pretty much any actual top-6 center works with Phil, I bet. 

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@whalz 

Grabs likes to carry the puck/lacks vision IMO to work well with Phil.

JVR ...maybe.

whalz
whalz

no chemistry bt pk and grabs,  vinny is what we need

mcloki
mcloki

But just stall us getting a real Center. He's going to play one year and then bolt to the Bolts

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

@whalz 60-70? I think Grabo could do that with Phil. Vinny could get even more.