Questions for Poulin

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The MLHS summertime interview series will continue with Vice President of Hockey Operations Dave Poulin on Monday afternoon. As always, I will incorporate a few of the best questions submitted by members of the MLHS community. Try to pick your single juiciest question rather than listing off a whole buffet. Submit it in the comments below.

  • lukethenuke

    Awesome

  • Alec Brownscombe

    -Keon- That’s gonna be the lead off question.

  • daveybolland

    No question to submit, after the Cronin interview I’m quite confident you’ll ask better ones than I can come up with. Just want to pass along thanks for the amazing work.

  • lukethenuke

    What was you and management’s thinking process with buying out Komisarek and Grabovski versus other candidates such as Liles, who has more term and $

    • .JVR.

      lukethenuke 
      Perhaps he felt that Liles was movable, while Komisarek and Grabovski weren’t

  • Numbersgame

    Who on the maple leafs is the most inquired about, for a trade option from other teams? Is there a single player teams are looking at? Or who would the the top 3 players on the leafs nhl teams have interest in?

    • Numbersgame

      The answer to this should get us thru till the pre season lol, rumours and trade speculation!

  • rustynail

    -Keon-48 hours beginning on the third day Deadline for such Club’s Second Buy-Out Period [Only  
    after Club’s last salary arbitration for Clubs with Salary Arbitration Cases]  
    award or settlement

    • rustynail

      -Keon- quoted from CBA

      • rustynail

        -Keon- hell no been reading the CBA for that info and I do not see anything about going over the cap involved

      • rustynail

        -Keon-full CBA not the one from January got it from NHLPA site I think

      • rustynail

        -Keon-http://www.nhlpa.com/inside-nhlpa/collective-bargaining-agreement

  • loaferoatan

    Do you miss Brian Burke?

    • reenergized

      loaferoatan who the fuck cares?

      • rustynail

        reenergized loaferoatan at least 4 on here :)

        • reenergized

          rustynail reenergized loaferoatan to each their own i guess …

        • loaferoatan

          reenergized rustynail loaferoatan What exactly did Brian Burke do wrong for the Leafs and MLS&E?

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    What are the differences between working with Burke compared to Dave Nonis??

    • Leafbites

      Bon Scott was a Leaf fan In that vein, Bon, with Burke we were always told that the ‘big man’ has a plan. I’d be curious to know how much new management has/intends to deviate from the Burke plan, considering it was only Burke that was iced.

      • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

        Leafbites Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
        Exactly.  How much of the initial blueprint are they sticking to…and what are they changing (and how)??  However, aside from that, I really am curious to know what the main (or subtle) differences are between working under Nonis compared to working under Burke.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    How much input does Leiwke have on hockey operations??

  • loaferoatan

    Here’s another one (because I’m still perplexed as to why Brian Burke was fired because the only real change was BB’s departure): What do you [Poulin] think or feel was the final reasoning of the new owners of MLS&E for terminating Brian Burke’s contract?

    • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

      loaferoatan 
      Hey won’t answer that (and it would be unfair to put him on the spot like that….imo).

      • loaferoatan

        Bon Scott was a Leaf fan loaferoatan Agree, but maybe and “off the record” response would be given:)

        • rustynail

          loaferoatan Bon Scott was a Leaf fan lmao but that does us no good

        • loaferoatan

          rustynail loaferoatan Bon Scott was a Leaf fan maybe, but later on a blog might be written suggesting certain things that may have led up to the firing. I just find it really strange that BB went out and hired everyone, put all the bricks in place, worked hard on the new CBA for the league and then was shown the door by the new owners…..So maybe another question could be: How much of the new CBA has the desires of MLS&E installed in the blueprint and does MLS&E feel that enough was done with the NHLPA for the betterment of hockey for the next decade?

  • Zep2

    When are you signing Franson?

    • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

      Zep2 
      Heh!!  Really, eh!!  I’d like the Franson situation addressed too but we’d likely get the standard can’t discuss a player getting a contract done.

      • Zep2

        Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Zep2 Sign Franson and Kadri. Every thing else is hypothetical , conjecture, whatever .

        • rustynail

          Zep2 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan irrelevant?

      • MaxwellHowe

        Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Zep2 How about this? In the unlikely event that Franson is not on the roster in October, will that be a significant failure for mgt? Will you and Nonis have to contemplate resigning (OK, that last question would piss him off  – valid though it may be)

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    How is it working during the summer months compared to during the season??  Can you describe your typical summer work day??

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Are you concerned about other teams tendering an offer sheet to either Kadri or Franson??  Would you expect another team to contact you beforehand if such a situation were to occur??

    • .JVR.

      Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
      Regarding other teams tendering an offer sheet, I believe a signature from the player is still needed and while I could see Franson doing it, I think Kadri likes it in Toronto and probably wouldn’t do it.

  • Mattmark

    MLHS isn’t an official Leafs entity, but it’s easily the highest-profile forum of its type and the first place to check for reaction to Leafs news.  It also has many regular contributors, some at least of whom are fairly knowledgeable.  Does anybody in your office keep tabs on what’s being discussed in this forum?  Has it ever happened that you’ve encountered an interesting analysis or point of view in it that might not have occurred to you before?

    • wendelsfist

      skiingallday Mattmark Or something like how do you deal with overly vocal criticisms from the MSM (newspapers, Cherry etc ) or negative twitter and hockey blogs.  Are these more ignored by the management team or do you try to understand what their specific concerns are?

  • Numbersgame

    With you getting so close to the cap do you think it’s realistic for the leafs to sign all three of your RFA’s without going over the cap?

  • MikeGartner11

    Who does Poulin see as being closer to the NHL Granberg or Rielly?

  • HeShootsHeScOrrs

    Are there any worries within the organization about the effects that 24/7 and the cameras might have on the players this season?

    • Belfour20

      HeShootsHeScOrrs I doubt it,  this team is already doing 24/7 on a daily basis. it will be normal to them.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Is the team being built with a timeline in mind?  In other words, is management making decisions based on the hope the team will excel in 3 years or 5 years?  Or is every decision made in anticipation of competing in the coming year?

  • MaxwellHowe

    Also, would Dave Poulin have made the 2013 Maple Leafs roster? (just for fun)

  • Lescott

    Who’s your favourite wiggle? Do you prefer the old show or new?

    • rustynail

      Lescott what the hell is a wiggle

      • Lescott

        It’s a children’s show from Australia. I’m partial to Emma.

        • MaxwellHowe

          Lescott Yeah, unless you have a child less than 5, you wouldn’t know what a wiggle might be.

        • .JVR.

          MaxwellHowe
          You might if you have nephews under 5

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    TheCanucksnaphook 
    I don’t think we’re in the position to do that any longer considering we still have RFA’s to sign ourselves and not enough cap space to do it.

    • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

      TheCanucksnaphook Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
      I do not concur with your inability to concur with my retort to your initial idea put forth.

  • skiingallday

    Shift_Disturber1 Poke or Cepsi?

  • skiingallday

    so I just followed MLHS on google+ …. it feels weird…. I don’t even follow them on twitter since I always have MLHS open on a tab….

  • Numbersgame

    We’re the leafs ever in play for lecavalier? And If not why?

    • .JVR.

      Numbersgame 
      Not sure if he’d be willing to answer that question, but along the same lines, were the Leafs interested in Stephen Weiss?

      • Cameron19

        .JVR. Numbersgame I think that question was answered by Stephen Weiss already.  He said the Leafs never called him.

        • .JVR.

          Cameron19
          Yea, I remember him saying that and I guess my question should be more along the lines of why weren’t they interested.
          I guess it’s probably quite simple though.  The Leafs wanted to bring Bozak back and with him on the team, there is no room for Weiss.

        • Cameron19

          .JVR. Cameron19 Yea.  Not much mystery to that.

  • Dougie Wraparound

    What do you think Nonis was doing in this post’s photo:
    A) yawning
    B) farting
    C) staring at Phaneuf’s then bride-to-be?

  • B_Leaf

    What is one positive thing about the changes to the team? What is a negative?

  • Bobsyouruncle

    As a former captain of the Flyers did Poulin have any input in the decision to give Phaneuf the “C”?

  • Lumlums

    If there was one trade from after the 2004 lockout that you could undo that would improve the team today, which one would it be, and why?

  • Uncle Otis

    WHEN THE HELL DOES PHOOK GET A PRESS PASS?

    • Lumlums

      Uncle Otis When Dreger retires…

      • Uncle Otis

        Lumlums 
        Phook would make a better shill/town crier 😉

  • Bobsyouruncle

    Here’s one for your groovy self Doorman.   
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=FcYTmICY1yg   
    Smoke ’em if you got ’em.   lol

    • Doorman

      Bobsyouruncle Those were shining times!!!  What ever happened to Guthrie???

      • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

        Doorman Bobsyouruncle 
        RIP JJ Cale.

        • Bobsyouruncle

          Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Doorman Bobsyouruncle  
          Rest in peace JJ    
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elujf5XbSF8

  • .JVR.

    With Komarov returning to the KHL, do you think we’ll ever see him in the Blu and White again?

    • WatsonB

      Komarov has stated he wants to come back and play for the Leafs again sometime soon, in fact there is an opt out in the 2nd year of his KHL contract to leave and come back to the NHL if he wants. If all goes well he should hopefully only be gone for one season. *fingers crossed*

  • Uncle Otis

    With the leagues mandates on officiating in a constant state of flux,and the era of  interference free hockey slipping away,what challenges does that bring to roster building philosophies and is the recent Leaf trend of bigger/more defensive reflective of this?

  • wendelsfist

    The expectations for the team by fans and media have risen for the leafs and most everyone expects the team to qualify for the playoffs again and the moves made my team in off season seems to line up this.  If the leafs struggle next season, has management considered/planned for that possibility or are they going full speed ahead for a deeper playoff run?

  • Kuwait

    The leafs still look vulnerable to injuries down the middle. If 2 centers are injured at any one time, who will the leafs use? Is mckegg ready for the jump? Would someone like drew shore interest the leafs as a depth center man? Thank you.

    • NotInsane

      @Kuwait 
      The Leafs still lack depth at center.  Colborne/McClement are both centers but beyond that there’s not an easy choice.

      • B_Leaf

        NotInsane 
        After that I guess it is McKegg or the guy they brought in Trevor Smith

  • Doorman

    What does he think of the new alignment; and does it have any pros or cons to the team???

  • Biltmore

    Will the Kovalchuk retirement affect European scouting in anyway?

  • skiingallday

    Any Vancouverites catch the fireworks tonight? It was a pretty great show, loved the James Bond theme.

  • Jordan29

    Who are the 5 most likely rookies to be in the lineup this year 1-5 in order of most to least

    • Zep2

      Jordan29 Rielly (9 games), Damigo, Granberg, Blacker, Ashton

      • Burtonboy

        CanuckUKinToronto Zep2 Jordan29 Pretty hard to mention all the possibilities in an interview like that . He didn’t mention Colborne either.

  • daniel marois

    Question for Poulin:
    How much input has Tim Lieweke given Leafs management going forward regarding the direction of the team? When Dean Lombardi was given a long-term contract with the Kings many years ago, he was allowed to perform a long and patient rebuild utilizing high draft picks.  Is this something that Tim would be onboard with?

  • Burtonboy

    Hey Alex . Since we asked Cronin about advanced stats lets ask Poulin his take as well. Many many MSM writers and those who blog online are predicting a massive regression for the Leafs this yr based on advanced stats. Also many accuse the Leafs of being old fashioned and out of touch in regards to their use or non – use of these statistics. Very curious where management stands on this whole matter.

  • DWCMLHS

    Pulled an all-nighter. Anyone up yet? Lol

    • Mind Bomb

      DWCMLHS  Nope :)

  • mcloki

    Morning Gents. 
    Question for Poulin.
    Do you wish there was more time for training camp over the summer. A month of more of organized drills and practice. Going over systems, positioning. instead of a cash grab 9 game exhibition tourney?

    • Mind Bomb

      -Keon-  Morning Guys, is that agreed upon in the CBA, the amount of Summer time off a Player gets, could we do this without the PA getting all riled up ?

      • MaxwellHowe

        Mind Bomb -Keon- I think the time is well spent with a little R&R and personal training, not to mention healing.

      • Mind Bomb

        MaxwellHowe Mind Bomb -Keon- OR Coke, Golf and Hookers ! If your Chicago lol

    • Burtonboy

      mcloki You can’t do a proper assessment of what you have without seeing them in game situations. Pre- season games are there for reason other then just a money grab.

      • mcloki

        But they could do the same with a longer pre season with team drill time. Now they just play the guys without much prep. And not the lines and defensive pairings you see during the year. I just think a month of camp would really help the guys gel.

        • Burtonboy

          mcloki The PA will tell you to fuck right off lol

        • Mind Bomb

          Burtonboy mcloki Haha I thinks so to, no way PA goes for that, but they could hold OTR’s, Opptional, we see enough players get together early themselves, Why cant the Coaches join them, because of wording on a document.

  • B_Leaf

    Here is another question…In the event the Leafs suffer two long term injuries to their top six or even top nine, who do you expect to step up? Clarkson and Bolland replace MacArthur and Grabovski…but last year Frattin and Komarov provided tremendous depth, who will do that this year?

    • B_Leaf

      I am guessing the answer will be Colborne and D’Amigo, and maybe Ashton. I suppose at some point Josh Leivo or Greg McKegg might climb the depth chart depending on how they play.

  • 4evrblue

    holy shit, Blue woke up this morning a married man!!

    • Mind Bomb

      4evrblue Hahah Congrats Blue :)))))))

      • 4evrblue

        Mind Bomb 4evrblue thanks MB

    • B_Leaf

      4evrblue 
      Congrats, How did the wedding go?

      • 4evrblue

        B_Leaf 4evrblue went off without a hitch, everybody had a ball, wouldn’t have changed a thing

        • B_Leaf

          4evrblue B_Leaf 
          Great, well really good to see you so happy!

        • 4evrblue

          B_Leaf 4evrblue ……… for now lol

    • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

      4evrblue GAME OVER DUDE !!!

      • http://stores.ebay.ca/UncleJakesCards?_rdc=1 unclejakescards

        4evrblue j/k congrats !!!!

        • 4evrblue

          unclejakescards 4evrblue thanks uncle, life would be complete now if only I could see the leafs win the cup :)

  • Zep2

    I had a look at the videos Keon posted last nite- thanks man
    Jaw droppers for me- Lupuls end to ender, Kadris saucer pass to Mac , JVR blowing by Luke and Riemers gem against the Devils
    That stuff on Rielly was outstanding also

    Honey do  and exercise time. Cheers

    • B_Leaf

      Zep2 
      How about Frattin? I thought he stole the show. Just sayin.

  • Burtonboy

    Marlies roster already undergoing drastic overhaul :
    http://kylethereporter.com/2013/07/27/marlies-roster-already-seeing-drastic-overhaul/

    • Mind Bomb

      Burtonboy Dam Thats some turn over, I wonder if there Focus has shifted, Will the Marlies try to compete, or are they running with Kids. This years marlies will have no Kadri, No Frattin, No Gardiner, and Now your Captian most of the Vets Zigo your draw man, etc
      Will be interesting who makes it

      • B_Leaf

        Mind Bomb Burtonboy 
        One has to wonder if they will be any good but on the positive for a young team I really doubt they get pushed around.
        Results aside it should be good for development and allow management to see what they have.

      • Burtonboy

        Mind Bomb Burtonboy From the sounds of what I heard and read the focus has shifted to more of a development team. I believe it was Poulin who said we will see 15 -18 ELC’S on that team this yr. Not to slag Eakins in any way because he did a good job but it is a major departure from how he was handling that team from the looks of it .

        • Mind Bomb

          Burtonboy Mind Bomb Thats what I was thinking, Maybe now you will actually see our High picks, play higher minutes, IE Brad Ross, Biggs, Percy, Leivo  I admit, I am very curious as to their roster this year.

        • Burtonboy

          CanuckUKinToronto Burtonboy Mind Bomb To be honest I was disappointed the Marlies didn’t use Percy,MacWilliam ,Broll,and Biggs more during the playoffs . They hardly played at all. My guess is Eakins was more focused on winning which I fully understand as it was rather obvious he was headed to an NHL job this yr.

        • Mind Bomb

          CanuckUKinToronto Burtonboy Mind Bomb Morning Nuck, I slightly dis-agree here, winning is a culture, sure the odd man is tough enough to learn getting your ass handed to you every night, but the majority of kids will burn out, We need a good balance, so that our kids can learn how to win, not just how to play. Now having said that, we have a lot of Firsts and second picks coming up. Ross Biggs Percy, amd pair that with Aston Blacker, Mckegg etc, maybe there is enough talent there

        • Mind Bomb

          Burtonboy CanuckUKinToronto Mind Bomb I think it was Burke that mandated the Marlies compete as well though BB, the team was built to compete in the AHL with Burkie signing high priced AHL Vets

        • Leafbites

          Burtonboy CanuckUKinToronto Mind Bomb Also, I believe the organization saw some benefit to having a competitive Marlies team, ie. winning culture, while the Leafs were still turning the corner.(not that they are anywhere, yet) As the Leafs improve, it makes sense that the Marlies get younger and focus on development.

        • Burtonboy

          Mind Bomb Burtonboy CanuckUKinToronto Looks to be a different approach now. Also we are starting to see all the hard work in the draft start to show progress which we didn’t have before. It nice to have that many youngsters that we can now go in that direction.

    • Optimustic

      Burtonboy All the guys that have left, just leaves a spot open for young kids who are trying to gain valuable experience for a position on the big club.  The Marlies may not finish as high as last year, but they’ll be entertaining and still make the playoffs IMO.

    • B_Leaf

      Burtonboy 
      So with Leivo, Biggs, Broll, Carrick, Crescenzi, Percy, Granberg, MacWilliam and Sparks all coming in new and then you have guys who are still just getting established like Mckegg, Ross, and Ryan, thats 12 very young players. Even the teams vets like Abbott, Ashton, D’Amigo, Colborne, Blacker, and Devane are still pretty young and inexperienced. Colborne and D’Amigo are likely with the Leafs. Very young group.
      Big line up though with Biggs, Broll, Devane, Crescenzie, Ashton, Granberg, MacWilliam, and maybe Holzer or Colborne…huge actually.

      • B_Leaf

        Burtonboy 
        For the Marlies to be competitive they would pretty much need Colborne and D’Amigo to play big minutes…maybe not the worst idea to let them have one more run in the AHL as the key guys. Better than sitting in the press box at the ACC.
        Ashton Colborne Abbott
        Ross McKegg Leivo
        Biggs Crescenzie D’Amigo
        Broll Carrick Ryan
        Devane, Bodie
        Blacker Granberg
        Percy Holzer
        MacWilliam Marshall
        Brennan
        McIntyre
        Sparks
        That is one monster of a team…half the team is 6’5 225…OK maybe just a slight exageration, but not too far off.

        • Mind Bomb

          B_Leaf Burtonboy  At a 600 K contract I really cant see Colburne on the Marlies, we wil see how it shakes down with our RFA”s but I bet Colburne is up, making our Center very weak at the Marlies

        • Burtonboy

          Mind Bomb B_Leaf Burtonboy . I see it that way as well . Joe’s contract is cap friendly so I figure he sticks with the Leafs

        • B_Leaf

          Mind Bomb B_Leaf Burtonboy 
          He certainly will be up at times, maybe not the whole season, maybe not even to start, but probably more than he is down.
          To a degree it will depend on how he plays.

        • Cameron19

          B_Leaf Mind Bomb Burtonboy He’s not waiver exempt, and there is zero chance he clears.  He’ll be with the Leafs.

        • B_Leaf

          Cameron19 B_Leaf Mind Bomb Burtonboy 
          I stand corrected…brain cramp.

        • Mind Bomb

          Cameron19 B_Leaf Mind Bomb Burtonboy  Well there is that to :) P

          lol

        • B_Leaf

          Cameron19 B_Leaf Mind Bomb Burtonboy 
          So yes Colborne has his spot as the 13th forward, or third line LW, or fourth C. 
          Maybe Trevor Smith clears waivers and plays on Marlies. 
          Either way this group of Marlies is very young.

        • Mind Bomb

          B_Leaf Cameron19 Mind Bomb Burtonboy  I admit I am excited to see them this year as well, all these Draft picks we saw drafted, playing together.
          Sounds Fun

        • B_Leaf

          Mind Bomb B_Leaf Cameron19 Burtonboy 
          They will need babysitters on road trips.

        • Mind Bomb

          B_Leaf Mind Bomb Cameron19 Burtonboy Hahahhahah

        • Cameron19

          B_Leaf Cameron19 Mind Bomb Burtonboy Trevor Smith will be waived and should clear.  I doubt anyone wants to risk having to pay him 600K should they need to later waive him themselves. I’m pretty sure the idea was for Smith to replace the veteran presence lost in Zigomanis and Hamilton.

        • Burtonboy

          Cameron19 Interesting that T.J. Brennan no longer shows on the Leafs roster on cap geek. As soon a Ranger was signed he was listed as a non-roster player

        • rustynail

          Burtonboy Mind Bomb B_Leaf smart move by Joe for just that min contract, improves his chances

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Wake n’ bake!!
    Watching a documentary/bio on AC/DC right now.
    http://thepiratebay.sx/torrent/8745308/The_Story_Of_AC-DC_Dirty_Deeds_%282013%29-DVDRIp-AC3-Xvid-THC
    I love seeing the old school Bon stuff.

    • Mind Bomb

      Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  Morning Bon, already done. :)

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    I just rolled the perfect joint.

  • Mind Bomb

    Hey there’s my for MR. Poulin

     As we see players start early, of
    their own volition, has there been talk of Optional Try out, where the
    PA cant complain as they are not Mandatory, like the NFL

  • Jay_Berg

    Wow didn’t realize that Ranger got a NTC. Makes sense I guess given that stability seems to be his main priority.