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

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

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Dave Nonis

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.”

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409 comments
Jimmay
Jimmay

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.

HeatherRickAkin
HeatherRickAkin

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 .    

7we4k
7we4k

@ronroninabox @wrxie I just let reddit suggest the title from the hyperlink. Sorry. Was writing a blog post and switching back and forth.

NotSince67
NotSince67

"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....

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

Watching the Colorado highlights and ROR is a keeper. Man does he look good right now. Would love to get him on this team.

loomx
loomx

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?

Bring the Cup Home
Bring the Cup Home

On Gleason:

"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.....

Cameron19
Cameron19

How much better would the Oilers be with some tweaks to their drafting and not getting rid of Cogliano:

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Seguin over Hall

Landeskog over RNH

Faulk over Pitlick

Galchenyuk over Yakupov

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Landeskog - Seguin - _______

_______ - Galchenyuk - Eberle

Cogliano - Gagner - ________

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Faulk - Schultz

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Bryzgalov - Scrivens

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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. 

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

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%

Jimmay
Jimmay

@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.

Jimmay
Jimmay

@HeatherRickAkin So we have a glut of young defenceman and you want to trade for a defenceman ? ?  ?

NotSince67
NotSince67

@-Keon- IMO, Rupert might not get signed. Not saying he won't but he's also not a given.

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@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. 

vinoa
vinoa

@Loric76 lol Grabbo's scoring better than when he played here

NotSince67
NotSince67

@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.

loomx
loomx

@Cameron19 Ryan Murray's destiny was to become an Oiler, and they passed. That was the correct pick.

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Cameron19 

I really wanted Galchenyuk to the Leafs, happy with Rielly though...  think those two will end up the best from the draft

NotSince67
NotSince67

@wiski Good for him, Petro tried to pot it after the whistle.

vinoa
vinoa

@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?

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Loric76 Fuck off!  You had 4 cups in the 80's, or was it 5?  Go whine somewhere else.

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Loric76 

lol I actually love their failures after the media fed us bullshit about this being Edmonton's year every year for the last 6

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Jmessih 

Would have been much better if he had cleared it to the corner instead!

Bring the Cup Home
Bring the Cup Home

@wendelsfist@Bring the Cup Home 

i don't care cuz he isn't ranger or fraser.  HUGE upgrade there.  will help us a lot, as witnessed in boston.  he very well might have saved the game himself in the last minute.  i ask you.....would ranger or fraser have done that or been anywhere near the ice?

loomx
loomx

@Cameron19 Not to say Gally wouldn't have been a better pick, but they NEEDED Murray.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Loric76 @Cameron19 It's a crazy notion, to some extent, but the Oilers could build an entire supporting cast if they were willing to trade their big 4 pieces away. They'd still be bad for 2 years without star power, and could pick-up McDavid and whoever the next top guy is.

Conis
Conis

@Bruffins@Loric76 

EA sports will always give them a seriously good team...which is an absolute joke

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@Bruffins @Loric76 This is like the NYI model.  They don't have goaltending and have weak defence.  Actually NYI might be ahead of EDM

Bring the Cup Home
Bring the Cup Home

@wendelsfist@Bring the Cup Home 

i hope he likes it here and we can keep him from what i see.  then when his contract expires we get him on a decent deal as a solid 5/6 guy who could move up when injuries happen and shield our 1/2 guys from playing too many minutes.  

Cameron19
Cameron19

@wendelsfist @Cameron19 @Loric76 Phaneuf and Gunnarsson are 28, Franson is 26, Gardiner is 23. Your average age of the group is okay, and if you manage to add a guy like Girardi, than it's a situation where you can have a 20 year old in the mix without sacrificing much of anything. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@wendelsfist @Cameron19 @Loric76 Yea, but defenders hit their stride much later than forwards.  There's just too big of a gap between their forwards and D. I don't see guys like Marincin, Klefbom and Nurse coming into their own for another 5 years. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Bruffins @Loric76 They screwed up their own drafts though. Could have been Hall (or Seguin), Landeskog, Galchenyuk. I suspect they'd be a lot better off if they'd made those selections

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Loric76 @Bruffins 

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

Cameron19
Cameron19

@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). 

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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. 

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Jmessih

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?

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Jmessih

Not when Montreal gets two and Ottawa gets one.


I'd rather have Ottawa get two and Montreal get none.