Dave Nonis stopped by TSN 1050 a few minutes ago.
Here is the rundown of the topics discussed:
How good is this team?
“I think we have a quality team, but we still haven’t played to our potential. We have at times, but in terms of consistency, we haven’t seen it. The last little stretch I think we have played our best hockey of the year. Our game in Washington was the best road game of the year. I would like to to see us get healthy and the lines where they want them, and then evaluate where we are. There is a lot of room for improvement with this group. There is no question in my mind that we are a better team than how we’ve played. We have to look at it as an opportunity.”
Tim Gleason’s play:
“He’s been pretty much exactly what we expected and hoped he would be. He eats up minutes, is good on PK, and very dedicated; see what he did in the Boston game, which is not something players generally want to do, getting in front of pucks at opportune times to save the win. He’s gonna get more comfortable and he’ll probably have more of an impact as we go along. We’re not going see a lot of points, but his impact is going to be felt when we are killing penalties, trying to preserve a lead, and keep people away from our net.”
Does this team have an identity?
“I think we’re still forming it because we don’t have our group together. We haven’t had our group together for one game this year. I think the coaches have done a good job trying to find a different combinations and find chemistry. We haven’t had the group we would like playing together. Once we do, hopefully our identity is a hard working one. We have a lot of skill but our skill players have to perform, as they have recently. You want to be competitive with every team in the league, to get our compete level up when we go into a place like Boston, and we have to be able to compete on a night in, night out basis. Elite teams can do that, and we have to raise our level of play if we want to be one of those teams.”
Dave Bolland’s status:
“I’d like him back tomorrow. In terms of a timeline, he has started skating. It’s really been slow because it’s a significant injury. He just got his foot into the boot, and I think if you watch him you think he’s not going to play for a long time. But I think that could come along very quickly. That’s what we are hoping for. Now that he has been able to put his foot in the skate, the progress is going to pick up. It’s not for a lack of effort, he’s doing what he can to do back in the lineup and we miss him.”
David Clarkson’s play:
“He’s got to try to be himself and not try to be someone else. When David has had some good games, and recently he’s played very well for us, he does what we want him to do – finishing checks, taking pucks to net, shooting the puck, being difficult to play against. When he plays that style of game, he’s a very effective player and that’s all we want him to do.”
Nazem Kadri’s play:
“Naz is having a decent year. It’s not like he isn’t putting up points. Last year he was playing in the 2nd or 3rd hole for us for most of season, by doing that he was playing against other team’s 2nd or 3rd lines primarily. This year, because of injury, we put Naz in a situation that was difficult for him, we made him our number 1 center and expected him to perform against top guys in the League. He’s still a young guy who is developing, and there is no denying the skill set or ability. He didn’t perform as well as he would’ve liked in certain situations. But we’re not disappointed with him, he’s a very skilled player and we’re going need him to perform down the stretch if we’re getting a playoff spot.”
On the Kadri trade rumours:
“His name is brought up quite a bit, as is Gardiner, Rielly. Teams always call about good young players. That’s what teams are looking for. There’s lots of interest in Nazem Kadri.
We would be willing to trade him, but there’s a big difference between willing and trying to. He’s no different than anyone else on the team. If there was a deal for JVR that made our team better, we would do it. I’m not trying to move him, we’re not with unhappy with him. I’d expect the (TSN) panel is wrong. We wouldn’t say we would “never trade him,” but we’re not anywhere near trading him at this point.”
Can this goaltending situation last with both goalies sticking around?
“Sure. They’re both still young guys. This could change quickly. James has played good hockey but Bernier has carried the ball more often. It doesn’t diminish James as a goaltender.
We would trade Reimer if there was a deal there that made us better. I can definitely see him back with Bernier next year. Having both goalies perform has given us a chance this year. I think that’s the one thing we can’t look past. Both goalies have gotten us points. We need that to have success.”
“It’ll depend on where we are as an organization (come the deadline), but we’re still going to look long term. I don’t see a situation where we trade young players for rentals. Would we give up a prospect or late round pick to add a piece? Potentially. Is our first round pick in play for a rental? Definitely not.
We still have to continue to add pieces to organization and think long term. I want to add more young players between now and the draft. Giving away first round picks or younger players for older ones isn’t good for business.”
There are very few trades that make sense for a team that is doing so well while still missing a key player (Bolland). Nonis might make a tinkering trade here and there but I would be floored if anything major came down the line. Stop with the armchair GM nonsense, everyone.
And please, please stop suggesting Kadri trades or I will write down all your names and remind you of how shortsighted you all were when the kid blossoms into a huge star.
The Leafs have a glut of young defencemen with promise . Gardiner and Rielly are on the big club, and I guess Franson needs to be included, as I think he hasn't peaked yet. On the farm, theres several , and probably a couple will make it to the ACC . The prospects that come to mind are Percy, MacWilliams , Petter Granville ( I think that's the Swedish kids name) , Finn in Guelph , and I believe Tom Nillson in Sweden. I think the perfect trade partner for the Leafs is Phoenix . They are struggling offensively , but have a gifted defence crew. The names Yandle and Ekman Larsen get bandied about, and both are big minute, high skill guys. Either would sure look good playing with Phaneuf . Would Kadri and one of those prospects get you either Yandle or OEL ?? I would prefer to send Gunnarson or Franson . I am reading that Granville of the Marlies looks like he is ready for prime time, or close to it . I know trading a centre for a defenceman may not make sense , but to get one of those Yotes , I would be doing it .
"Is our first round pick in play for a rental? Definitely not... I want to add more young players between now and the draft. Giving away first round picks or younger players for older ones isn’t good for business.”
I gizzmed my pants....
Watching the Colorado highlights and ROR is a keeper. Man does he look good right now. Would love to get him on this team.
Wait, what in the seven hells?! Jenny Scrivens is Ben's wife? I thought she was his sister! She looks exactly like him. Or is that just me?
"He’s gonna get more comfortable and he’ll probably have more of an impact as we go along. We’re not going see a lot of points, but his impact is going to be felt when we are killing penalties, trying to preserve a lead, and keep people away from our net.”"
- Loving the Gleason deal I am.....
How much better would the Oilers be with some tweaks to their drafting and not getting rid of Cogliano:
Seguin over Hall
Landeskog over RNH
Faulk over Pitlick
Galchenyuk over Yakupov
Landeskog - Seguin - _______
_______ - Galchenyuk - Eberle
Cogliano - Gagner - ________
Faulk - Schultz
Bryzgalov - Scrivens
Still lots of work to do, but this core is MUCH better in my opinion. Except for the Faulk miss, I think I can honestly say I would have made these decisions, even with the limited information I had as a (fairly intense) fan.
Scrivens LA: Low total shots against, low amount of scoring chances against = great SV%
Scrivens EDM: High total shots against, high amount of scoring chances against = poor SV%
Scrivens TOR: High total shots against, average amount of scoring chances against = average SV%
@HeatherRickAkin You know who would look good playing with Phaneuf?... and I don't know why we haven't even seen it once, yet? Morgan Rielly. Seems like it'd be a genius move to me.
@HeatherRickAkin So we have a glut of young defenceman and you want to trade for a defenceman ? ? ?
@NotSince67 Now, is our 1st in play for someone who is still like 20-23?
@-Keon- Wish he played in the O, not that cesspool the QMJHL.
@-Keon- IMO, Rupert might not get signed. Not saying he won't but he's also not a given.
thought the same thing man, they are twins
@Bring the Cup Home Finally we have someone after the first pair that can play defence. I'm still wondering if he is 3/4 or 5/6 at this time.
@Loric76 That was Bozak's assist no?
@Loric76 lol Grabbo's scoring better than when he played here
@Cameron19 Hahaha, what if they just did like most people thought and left RNH in the WHL to CRUSH IRON and gain weight...
But Hallsie is a good player. Maybe a touch of a durability issue, but he produces no doubt. Could have take Ristolainen over Nurse, and Nichuskin was available in mid free fall at #7 as well.
@Cameron19 Ryan Murray's destiny was to become an Oiler, and they passed. That was the correct pick.
I really wanted Galchenyuk to the Leafs, happy with Rielly though... think those two will end up the best from the draft
@wiski Good for him, Petro tried to pot it after the whistle.
@Loric76 Edmonton is such a shit hole. Hall had 36 even strength points but was a -15 the last I checked. How does that happen?
@Loric76 Fuck off! You had 4 cups in the 80's, or was it 5? Go whine somewhere else.
lol I actually love their failures after the media fed us bullshit about this being Edmonton's year every year for the last 6
@wendelsfist It's only been one game in Edm, give him a chance.
Would have been much better if he had cleared it to the corner instead!
Fuck that goal. it caused both teams to get points
@-Keon- Are you serious or kidding, I can never tell?……….
@Cameron19 Not to say Gally wouldn't have been a better pick, but they NEEDED Murray.
In their defence though, how shitty of a time to have the top picks haha.
They got Hall, Nuge, and Yakupov. Three years earlier would have been Kane, Stamkos, Tavares. Three years earlier would have been Johnson, Ovi, Crosby. Three years earlier would have been Fleury, Nash, Kovalchuk
and you get my point
@wendelsfist @Bruffins @Loric76 The media, and many fans, have always failed to understand that the Chicago model only worked because they added Toews and Kane as the final pieces to a 8 year build where they gathered quality D that aged to their prime, and a fully functional supporting cast. The Pittsburgh model similarly was built around Gonchar, Orpik and Whitney, and of course, Crosby and Malkin are generational talents - not just franchise talents (i.e. Hall, Eberle).
I think the Oilers are still years away from being competitive, and they should acknowledge this, trade off a couple of their high-end pieces for 2 quality support pieces each, and continue to tank.
If they lost tonight and we beat them on Saturday, we'd only be 2 points behind them.
How do you figure we wouldn't be able to catch them?
Not when Montreal gets two and Ottawa gets one.
I'd rather have Ottawa get two and Montreal get none.