Dave Poulin talks Olympics, trade deadline, state of the team

Dave Poulin talks Olympics, trade deadline, state of the team

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Dave Poulin

Maple Leafs VP of Hockey Ops Dave Poulin joined Bryan Hayes on TSN1050 a few minutes ago. On the Dave Bolland front, Poulin suggested Bolland playing a game before the Olympic Break isn’t out of the question, but it’s simply a matter of “he’ll play when he’s medically cleared,” whenever that is.

Below are some of the other topics discussed:

On the Olympics and JvR and Kessel injuries:
It would have to be a a significant injury to take them out of the time slot. There would have to be a decision by the federation or team that they were going to be replaced because of injury. We support the players going and having a successful run. It’s not our place to say you can’t go.

On the trade deadline:
There’s a lot of thought process and earlier discussion than normal. There’s a short window after the trade freeze. There’s a trade freeze, but no talk freeze. There will be a lot of discussion going on. A technical part of a trade won’t happen until X date, but discussions will be happening during the break. It’s not going to be like you don’t talk to anybody and then the 26th and 27th come along and everyone starts talking. Some of these things are months in the works. Virtually all the teams have had their pro meetings in the last few weeks. We had ours out West last week; we go through every team in the NHL and AHL and rate each individual player. It’s very labor intensive and time intensive but it sets up the trade deadline in nice way. You reflect and look at your own team very hard and look at other players from other teams and where they might fit.

On the impact of Gleason and the overall state of the defense:
We all agreed as we were going through the year that we didn’t have the pairings we wanted. I still don’t know that we do. Other than first line, we haven’t had the line combinations we would prefer, either. I’m more of a generation where I played with the same two guys for 6 or 7 years. Gleason has settled down Cody Franson a little bit. He’s also allowed the two young guys to play together. It’s more of a formation of what we want, but I still don’t think we’re quite there yet.

On the recent ups and downs:
You have to be pretty resilient in this business. You need thick skin. This morning when we woke up and looked at the Conference standings… I know it’s split now, but there’s 16 teams and we’re in 4th place. If you told me at the start of the year they would be in fourth with Boston, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay in front, most people would be happy instead of micro analyzing every little bit of it. That’s the beauty of sports though – the process, the ride. I think we have better hockey ahead of us.

We are a very young team in a growth phase. We know we are not a finished product.

People forget about that. We have to look at the big picture here. I don’t think people look at the fact that we have one of the youngest AHL teams that is 10 points ahead of the competition in their division. They continue to play well and find ways to win, and the coaching staff – Steve Spott, Gord Dineen – has done a great job developing Leafs of the future.

We started this conversation talking about Tampa Bay. We are now getting our draft picks in there [in the system]. The picks we made in 2009, 2010, 2011 are now getting to the pro level. That’s the base we are building from. The conversation of the age of both of those teams is almost an afterthought for a lot of people.

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114 comments
Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

interesting that the Leafs practice jerseys today rocked the old 1967 Leaf from the thirds instead of the normal one we are used to seeing 

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

I want to see a big leaf win and a crushing defeat to the Habs, that would make my night just fine thank you!

Things are getting nasty in Montreal, expecting a protest march pretty soon.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

@CanuckUKinToronto   That's an interesting idea. I can't tonight because I will me missing parts of the game but I do like it

ingy56
ingy56

@Shift_Disturber1 @TheCanucksnaphook The cause is noble, no doubt about it, but this same company just shelled out over 40 million in transfer fees for a soccer player. How about a more substantial contribution behind the scenes? I know a big part of this is to create an awareness but I just don't trust Bell's motives implicitly here. 

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Hmmm @Dangle_My_Berries not sure how easily it will be to find that third in stores, after they switched to the current thirds I haven't seen any in store, you may be able to find one on ebay or kijiji....seems like people selling leafs jersey spikes when the team loses a game, might be the time to pounce

Hmmm
Hmmm

@Dangle_My_Berries The third blue jersey like yours also has a nice touch on the Leaf logo.  Would be a good one for pickup although hard to play with everyone wearing same jersey lol.

Hmmm
Hmmm

@Dangle_My_Berries Looks good.  Will have to get one of the white jerseys for keep like that.  I also like the regular white Leaf logo, it's a very bold Leaf.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Hmmm @Dangle_My_Berries depends....ive been to the master card centre to watch practice and was lucky enough to get my old leafs third (the one with the frilly leaf) signed by the entire team as they left the facility. Kinda have to catch them in a good mood and be in the right place...

Hmmm
Hmmm

@Dangle_My_Berries Your friend should try to get her Kadri jersey signed too.  How does one go about getting a jersey signed?  Do you hang near the benches?

Hmmm
Hmmm

@Dangle_My_Berries Nice, a signed JVR will go up in value for sure.  Don't wash it unless it's indelible marker.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Hmmm @Dangle_My_Berries not too sure about that, its possible seeing as its out of market and may not be in as much demand.....but its the Leafs, we got fans everywhere lol 

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Hmmm @Dangle_My_Berries my JVR third jersey which was signed by him and came with a letter of authenticity was about 200.00 off an online merchant that specialized in signed memorabilia. you could get an authentic leaf jersey without a name or number for around 80.00 - 100.00 if you look hard enough 

Hmmm
Hmmm

@Dangle_My_Berries I heard we can get em cheaper in Ottawa or Montreal, if you don't get lynched.  Any truth?

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Hmmm @Dangle_My_Berries authentic jerseys are gonna be expensive no matter where you get them, be cautious when buying online as many knockoffs are sold on ebay.