Nonis talks Kadri trade rumours, Clarkson’s play, Bolland status

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Dave Nonis
Photo: MLHS

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.”

Potential trades:

“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.”

  • lieffan

    How the shit did you guys post this so fast

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    I liked Nonis’ comments on Kadri. PPP guys make Nonis out to be some irrational idiot who’s going to trade all our young players for rentals. Clearly not the case at all and Dreger is an idiot for creating all this trade speculation

  • wendelsfist

    The_Polish_Cannon OMG Nonis is going to trade Kadri for George Parros.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    wendelsfist The_Polish_Cannon JVR for Tom Sestito

  • Shift_Disturber1

    @lieffan  they are the best

  • Burtonboy

    If anyone has listened to what Nonis has been saying consistently you could have wrote down on a piece of paper exactly what he was going to say before he did this interview.

  • Jordan29

    The_Polish_Cannon They are just reaching for reasons to hate Nonis. Im not a huge fan but man they are complete idiots

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Burtonboy Yes. He’s a pretty easy read in that regard.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Burtonboy Pretty much. Figured it as worth posting though with the Kadri rumours reaching fever pitch.

  • Burtonboy

    Alec Brownscombe Burtonboy I have no doubt Nonis got feed up and decided it was time to put some fires out today

  • Burtonboy

    Alec Brownscombe Burtonboy Definitely worth posting Alec

  • Jordan29

    Really in the end, if there were no Kadri rumors and stuff, the media would not be doing their job. So we should expect this. Same with Subban in Montreal. Would make no sense but it got the whole country talking about it

  • Marleafs

    Burtonboy I do not mind being reminded that Nonis is saying NoNo to trading away young talent for washed up players!

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Bruffins  Why haven’t you disappeared your Cousin D.D.?

  • Burtonboy

    Murph2417 Burtonboy Alec Brownscombe Completely different animal then Burke . Fighting with the media will eventually cost you your job .

  • Jordan29

    Bruffins Have you ever tried offering your players prostitutes for incentives

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    Bruffins When is the Kadri trade going down?

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Burtonboy Alec Brownscombe 
    True enough, BB….but then Dreger should stop saying “Dave Nonis told me vertabim that if Kadri was to be traded that we would demand a center back in return”.  Just once I’d like a talking head to ask Nonis point blank about Dreger’s comments specifically.

  • Burtonboy

    Jordan29 Its the narrative that pisses me off . Just this morning Dreger said what you see from Kadri right now is what he is as a player.

  • Jordan29

    Burtonboy Jordan29 its all just for his job though, you have to see that

  • Burtonboy

    Jordan29 Burtonboy Well Dreger should respect the intelligence of hockey fans in this country. Anybody with clue knows the difference when he get on with that crap .

  • Uncle Otis

    Nonis loves Naz,David,James  blablahblah
    In more important news April Reimer won a Volleyball Championship!
    https://twitter.com/april_reimer/status/372872445297844224
    Hey,isn’t that Gary Leeman? haha
    Better not let that squeak through the five hole Reims 😉

  • Uncle Otis

    Murph2417
    LMAO…where do you guys find this stuff!!!!

  • Uncle Otis

    BruffinsMurph2417
    ditto :)

  • Uncle Otis

    Murph2417
    Kinda scary ripped lol
    #crusher

  • Burtonboy

    Bruffins Burtonboy Jordan29 I talk with a lot of fans and for the most part I find them very knowledgeable.

  • Burtonboy

    Bruffins Burtonboy Jordan29 Talking to the wrong people perhaps lol

  • Loric76

    Murph2417 Bruffins that’s fuckin awesome

  • Uncle Otis

    Murph2417Uncle Otis
    Not big on walnut cracking abs on ladies but ya,shes still smoking.
    Probably tougher in the corners than Kess
    Sign her

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Uncle OtisMurph2417   Rip me, tear me, bend me, break me.

  • Loric76

    Uncle Otis Murph2417

    To TOR:  April
    To Beach Volleyball Team:  Kadri

  • Uncle Otis

    Loric76Uncle OtisMurph2417
    This is why Nonis refuses to trade Reimer
    Fan backlash and April would kick his ass :)

  • Burtonboy

    Murph2417 Because you can get sued real fuckin fast

  • Uncle Otis

    Murph2417
    Thought it might…line crossed and trouble for Alec

  • Loric76

    Uncle Otis Murph2417 probably.  Sorry Alec or however else is modding right now!

  • Loric76

    Murph2417 Burtonboy nah, it was my comment that I added

  • Uncle Otis

    Loric76Uncle OtisMurph2417
    Try posting again with the caption…. “Chronic Disney Channel subscriber” lol

  • Burtonboy

    Murph2417 Burtonboy Just ask the guys who Burke has in court right now lol

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Sorry, Mr. Nonis, there is nothing you can say that won’t prevent people reading exactly what they want to read into what you’ve said. http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2014-01-16/nazem-kadri-trade-rumors-toronto-maple-leafs-dave-nonis-tsn-interview?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  • Loric76

    Murph2417 Loric76 Burtonboy Douchebag would have been a better description.  Just as fitting but legally safer lol

  • Loric76

    Uncle Otis Loric76 Murph2417 lol

  • Burtonboy

    Alec Brownscombe Make no wonder . Look who wrote it

  • Loric76

    Alec Brownscombe lol

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Alec Brownscombe bahahah, nothing is gonna stop them from putting everything nonis says into the spin machine. The media isn’t into reporting the news anymore, they are into page hits by any means necessary

  • Burtonboy

    Murph2417 Burtonboy You could get away with it in years past . Times have changed

  • Loric76

    Dangle_My_Berries Alec Brownscombe what is this Context thing I keep hearing about?  Sounds unnecessary

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Loric76Dangle_My_BerriesAlec Brownscombe who, what, where, when and why? …..no need for that shit

  • maple1967leafs

    Murph2417 Bruffins Fathers a priest?

  • mlclearwater

    BruffinsMurph2417 it never says he is the driver is the sons father?

  • Greg Fenton

    Alec Brownscombe That is basically what Nonis said. They aren’t reading what they want into Nonis’s comments at all. His (kadri) name has come up, they are willing, but not trying,  to move him if the right deal comes along, but (as Dreger has pointed out) it would have to be for a center better then Kadri……

    The article even says at the end that Nonis shouldn’t be too quick to pull the trigger.

    I don’t get the beef with this article.