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

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Dave Poulin
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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.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Hahaha Bell must have pulled the plug on Twitter. Too many #BellLetsTalk tweets I guess

  • Xxxxxnew

    Trade freeze doesn’t mean trade negotiations come to a halt. Good to know.

  • lukethenuke

    Poulin taking over for Burke in regards to talking to the media eh… Nono doesnt talk ever… well… rarely

  • Shift_Disturber1

    TheCanucksnaphookShift_Disturber1   My twitter has gone to error

  • GreekGod

    TheCanucksnaphook 
    probably not that much. Remember when Burke use to make trades way before dead line day and TSN would complain that they had nothing left for there actual days. Or at least, not that much to talk about…

  • rustynail

    Shift_Disturber1 TheCanucksnaphook mine too just now. I blame you :)

  • wiski

    Shift_Disturber1 TheCanucksnaphook

  • Shift_Disturber1

    rustynailShift_Disturber1TheCanucksnaphook Well, I was just trying to be helpful 😉

  • wiski

    Shift_Disturber1 rustynail TheCanucksnaphook back up now

  • Ryan

    http://twitter.com/ProteautypeKudos to the Jets for this. MT @http://twitter.com/NHLJets Rick Rypien jerseys that will be worn during tonight’s warmup. #BellLetsTaIk http://twitter.com/NHLJets/status/428185608817606656/photo/1

  • Shift_Disturber1

    wiskiShift_Disturber1rustynailTheCanucksnaphookYup. wooooooo hoooooo

  • Faalcon

    I am not impressed with Poulin. In fact I think he is quite useless. I have never heard anything original from him and that is why I  I don’t pay much attention to what he says.  The only thing that I do remember is that he talked Lebda up when we signed that good for nothing player. I suspect his signing was at the behest of Poulin.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    TheCanucksnaphooklukethenuke  Rough him up a little if necessary. We need the info 😉

  • Optimustic

    Going out for a while, and may miss the first part of the game.   I’ll say 5 – 3 Good guys.  Go Leafs Go.   Win one for the fans.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/RealKyperhttps://twitter.com/RealKyper/status/428281358633693184
    Come on ppl. I’m a loyal employee of https://twitter.com/RogersBuzz not Bell. It’s like Coke doing something nice for Pepsi. Why would I tweet https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BellLetsTalk&src=hash ?

  • wiski

    Burtonboy Good for you Nicky ‘)

  • Jordan29

    If I hear one more fucking word about Stamkos Im going to smash something. WTF is the big deal? If hes not ready, we will play Giroux or someone. We have 10 different players waiting to be on the team who could easily play as good as him. STFU media

  • Komas Taberle

    Jordan29 
    Yea leave Stamkos alone until he is a Leaf 2 years from now.

  • Jordan29

    Shift_Disturber1 Bell is not even that big of a company thats the best part. Their worth about 6 billion when people like Rogers and stuff are arounf 25 bil

  • Komas Taberle

    Burtonboy 
    Yeah Bell and Rogers never conspire to keep prices up.

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/RickRalphTSNhttps://twitter.com/RickRalphTSN/status/428276664737357824
    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NHLJets&src=hash Evander Kane’s hand. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BellLetsTalk&src=hash http://t.co/ec2X5JYBEU

  • Komas Taberle

    wiski 
    Looks like a fucking haggis!

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

    Burtonboy On one hand I think it’s very clever that he did it, the other hand makes me wonder if he knows he did :)

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

    wiski Infection?

  • Alec Brownscombe

    ingy56 Burtonboy Haha, was thinking the exact same thing.

  • Jordan29

    CanuckUKinToronto Jordan29 who the fuck cares, you really think he is the make or break of this team?

  • wiski

    ingy56 wiski Not sure they didn’t play yesterday

  • Jordan29

    wiski Thats cellulitis from his cut. Had it before and its a horrible infection

  • Jordan29

    CanuckUKinToronto Jordan29 I would guess theres a 2% chance we miss him if hes too hurt

  • lieffan

    MLHS, keep up the good work transcribing these. There is some distortion that goes on with Twitter when Leafs management interviews. Certain folks (won’t name names) cherry pick quotes and do it in such a way that makes things sound a lot more unreasonable than they often are. The full body of the interview often better encapsulates the points management was trying to make.

  • wiski

    ingy56 I watched CBGB last night, great flic, unbelieveable how many acts came out of that hole

  • Komas Taberle

    This was posted on the comment section of the Siegel article, well done! 
    “With credit to MLHS for the genesis (and stats) of the article”

  • Jordan29

    TheCanucksnaphook Jordan29 im actually getting so frustrated with reading it all day

  • Komas Taberle

    ingy56 wiski 
    Yup… yeast!

  • Komas Taberle

    ingy56 Burtonboy 
    It was the same guy who got a hold of Seguins account, yeah that’s right… he did it!

  • Jordan29

    So how much are we winning by tonight? 2?

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Nice!
    https://twitter.com/LetsTalkBell

    https://twitter.com/LetsTalkBell/status/428206101469741056

    We’ve already surpassed 20 MILLION tweets, calls & Facebook shares! That’s an additional $1M for mental health https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BellLetsTalk&src=hash

  • Shift_Disturber1

    LOL Priceless
    https://twitter.com/LeafAddict

    https://twitter.com/LeafAddict/status/428288826381832192

    Bell donating money for mental health is fitting, since their brutal customer service once game me a nervous breakdown. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BellLetsTalk&src=hash

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

    TheCanucksnaphook ingy56 wiski Had one like that in my calf, swelled up like a balloon. Not a mark on my body either, they had no idea how I got it. Early prognosis was flesh-eating disease too. Thank goodness that didn’t prove to be true.

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

    Jordan29 wiski Hockey equipment is a bacterial breeding ground.

  • wiski

    #bellletstalk
    Seven logics http://t.co/lD9EAGv8A3

  • Jordan29

    ingy56 Jordan29 wiski I had it on my elbow (waited too long, was in hospital, 12 hours from possible death lol) and one in hand ( was much quicker and only hurt for a few weeks. Came from hockey gear, and cleaning a fish tank with a new cut…….for some reason i thought it would be ok

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/LegendOfZombohttps://twitter.com/LegendOfZombo/status/428288293038329856
    Don’t forget, Wednesday @ 5PM on Prime Time, Tim Leiweke, Dave Nonis, Masai Ujiri & Tim Bezbatchenko IN STUDIO w/ https://twitter.com/FadooBobcat

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

    wiski ingy56 Yeah, they kind of took credit for The Police but I remember they got early notice from playing in Toronto. Can’t remember the name of the bar but it was off Dundas near Ryerson. Led Zep played there before they were famous too.

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

    Jordan29 ingy56 wiski Elbows can be scary, it’s why they are being careful with Clarkson. Glad that turned out OK…man.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    TheCanucksnaphookBurtonboyHe’ll be dusting their nuts while they sit there but busts there balls while they’re not.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/bobbycappucinohttps://twitter.com/bobbycappucino/status/428292378122653696
    Lieweke “you know we print money with the https://twitter.com/search?q=%23leafs&src=hash, but we give it all away to Nashville and Phoenix.” Crowd in stitches.

  • Komas Taberle

    Shift_Disturber1 TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy 
    Snaggletooth like to cook their socks when they are with him but runs them down when their gone.

  • wiski

    ingy56 wiski Biltmore ?

  • 4evrblue

    wiski wheres the punchline? #terriblejoke