Dave Poulin stopped by the Brady and Walker Show on the Fan590 this morning (you can listen to the full audio here), touching on the subjects in the title above as well as JvR, the goaltending battle, Cody Franson, and the Leafs’ cap situation.
On JvR’s impressive preseason:
“Even since the moment he’s joined us, we’ve seen a change in JvR. I think he’s just scratching the surface, I really do. The goal last night, which we’ve seen a couple of times now… the hand skills, and I think it’s the combination of the mind going is growing into the body is growing into the skill set, [he’s] now maturing. There’s only much, much better to come from him. He’s a force every day, and since the first day of practice, he’s been a different player on the ice and he’s been at a higher level every day. That’s what we look for, the consistency part. We knew the pieces were there but the consistency we’re seeing from a professional hockey player is different from JvR right now.”
On Cody Franson:
“I don’t think there is an elephant in the room in that it’s so competitive back there and there’s a NHL-calibre of people challenging for jobs. We still have more than 6, and it’s highly, highly competitive back there. Once you get in and get going, it’s very hard to be concerned with what’s not here. I’ve been through situations as a player where there was a player is not in camp, a prominent player, and you simply can’t worry about it on an everyday basis. I think that’s what the team is doing.”
On the cap situation:
“I would caution one thing. I know there is a website that has become extremely popular in terms of cap knowledge. It’s not exact. There’s a cushion base that’s figured in here… nobody can sit outside our room and tell us exactly what our cap is other than Claude Loiselle, and that’s corresponding directly with the league. The cap number that is out there, while it’s in the ballpark, it’s not exactly accurate.”
“It’s inaccurate, because of the bonus cushion you’re allowed on contracts. There is more of a margin there. That said, for a number of teams it is really, really tight. The timing of this is unfortunate, coming off a year where the cap goes down. I think what we’re going to see is situations where teams are carrying less than 23 players. It’s going to become more the norm than the exception. 21 is going to be a number you see way more than 23.”
Cap impact of Clarkson’s suspension:
“Now you have to fill a spot with X number of dollars. You don’t have to fill it with his cap number, but it does make it more challenging without a doubt.”
On Raymond’s role in the cap crunch:
“That was agreed to before this whole [thing]. I believe it was Sunday morning we came to terms with Mason. It looks like it was but that was all agreed to beforehand. We’re thrilled to have Mason joining us and it was a really important part. It was an important part with or without the David Clarkson piece, but certainly we have a player who is stepping in extremely well and is going to have a wonderful opportunity here in Toronto.
“You’re getting a significant player, and he’s going to be a huge part of our team, and he came on a tryout because of his relationship with Dave Nonis from X number of years ago.”
On the goaltending situation:
“I got a text from a friend during the game last night and he said, ‘I love this goaltending situation,’ and it was after a few big saves by Reims in the first period. This is what you envision when you do it. Everyone’s first take on it was negative. I say everyone; a lot of the fans and the media, it was a negative take, that we were doing something to slight James Reimer. It wasn’t the case at all. We wanted to create a competitive situation to drive the pair of athletes to another level. That’s what your goal is when you do this. So far both have responded extremely well and it will only get better.”
Kessel’s contract situation:
“I think both sides are well aware of [Kessel’s desire not to negotiate in-season]. We’ve got some time here and that could still develop in the next few days.”
Without a doubt in the world, Phil Kessel is a top 20 player in the NHL. And I might be from Alabama, but to me he is no worse than top 15. To me, he lies in the top 6-15 players in the NHL and deserves the money that goes with that ranking. If the Leafs don't pay him, every team in the NHL would (Islanders, Panthers, Blues, Coyotes, and Oilers removed) .
He is only 25 years old for the love of God. Sign him to a long term $8 mil + playoff and scoring bonus. He is younger than any of the League's top scorers. LOCK HIM UP, PLEASE!!!!!
I really want to see the Leafs win the Cup before I die !!! I am 48, so dammit get this done.
Guys...need some help.
Won the first pick in a new keeper league, never played before...
Anyway I pass on Crosby and take Stamkos?
No shit! You want to win the cup. Damn good thing you're here. No one here has thought of that since 1967. Just chucking blue meat to the crowd. He should just shut up and stay in the boardroom, no one fucking cares about the Raptors and especially the soccer team.
Live Media Address: Dave Nonis & Tim Leiweke: http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2013/09/25/media-address-dave-nonis-tim-leiweke/…
anyone else gonna watch Nonis' state of the union address tonight? its being streamed through leafs homepage
@Alabama Maple Leaf yeeha im 54 seen 4 cups but only remember 1 but i agree sign him cuz hes even starting to get involved.lol if you know what i mean. doubles down the line
Well you are American and you're from the south, so Bettman will listen to you before he listens to any of us up here.
@JMAC17 Take Crosby bro
@JMAC17 St.Louis might be a tank again too
@JMAC17 Ovie. He's back and gonna tear it up.
@JMAC17 and then theres always malkin
@JMAC17 Ovie might light it up as well
@JMAC17 Damn hard choice. I had the 1st pick once and took crosby and was recking ppl but then he got hurt and finished bad. So thats tough.
@theacs1966 who are they?
@theacs1966 We are not the St. Patricks (1 cup) or the Arenas/Blueshirts (1 cup) anymore. We are the Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs have won 11. Technically he is correct, although this franchise since its origin (with different names) have won 13. If we've won 13, then the Canucks have also won 1..... as the Millionaires. Lolll.
@theacs1966 who said that?
@Pent_House did nonis say something or just speculation?
@Pent_House hope so
@Dangle_My_Berries Can't find it.
@Dangle_My_Berries Yes Sir!
@gilmourhalloffame You won a goddamn lottery!!!!
LOL! I was shocked and super stoked I was drawn! Alec must be a Gilmour fan!