(Friday Mashup) The Date before the Date

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Dave Nonis in the stands at the morning skate at the ACC. (Rene Johnston/ Toronto Star)

Interesting tweak to the pre-free agency interview period rule: Teams are now openly allowed to talk to free agents (both restricted and unrestricted) about their actual contract demands as well as their potential interest for six days before free agency opens (interview period begins Wednesday, June 25).

This is a case of the League allowing to happen what it couldn’t control from happening anyway. Nonetheless, it is now open season to hash out the parameters of a contract with a player who still technically belongs to another team. Apparently some do-good teams were peeved last summer that this went on anyway while they tried to respect tampering rules. If that was the case for a significant number of the League’s teams, you wonder if GMs will be in a rush to get something done on their expiring UFA contracts before that date knowing the player has the opportunity to negotiate in earnest with whoever he wants come next Wednesday.

Friday Links:

  • maple1967leafs

    Burkie got Nonis pissed Wednesday night and we traded Dion for the rights to Hakan Loob

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    maple1967leafs He always wore a nice helmet.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Great quote IMO.

    To drive that point home, Burke shared an anecdote about his former assistant Nonis, who was walking downtown one cold night in Toronto when he heard someone yell his name. It turned out to be a homeless guy lying on a steam grate.
    “Dave said, ‘Are you talking to me’? And the guy said, ‘Yeah. When are you going to fix my goddamned Toronto Maple Leafs?’ A homeless guy yelling at Dave Nonis. You think anyone in Anaheim knows who the assistant GM is? But that’s Toronto,” said Burke.
    And that’s why, he added, it’s so special working for the Leafs.

  • WendelGilmour

    T

  • maple1967leafs

    i have a 630 tee time but its raining like chit here

  • The_Irv

    Just reading a few articles… As much as I like the sounds of one of Ekblad or Bennett, this draft makes me nervous trading up because it seems picks 1-5 could just be a crap shoot. I’m sure all players in the top 3-5 will be NHL players, but you have to wonder the value it would cost to move up in such an uncertain year….
    Unless the plan is to start a more aggressive rebuild and hope we land another high pick next year but I don’t see that happening…

  • MaxwellHowe

    I dearly hope Mason Raymond has a busy schedule of interviews next week

  • vinoa

    The_Irv Not to mention it goes against everything Nono did last offseason. Are we going for the cup or are we still trying to build a proper team?

  • MaxwellHowe

    To be or not to be?
    i think the Leafs mgt. buy into the idea that they just need to start making the playoffs.  There, everyone has a chance.  I suppose its possible to make little FA additions every year, plug the holes and make a charge.  But personally I want to see something more substantive – a team actually drafted and built around a long term plan.

  • darthNihilus

    Great. Tallon can take Bolland off of our hands. Sure hope lots of teams will be chatting with Kulemin, McClement and Raymond. Some of our RFA’s are free to go too.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Agree.  Kulimen is the only one that might be missed, but I’m sure he ain’t worth what he is probably asking.

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks !

  • Mind Bomb

    MaxwellHowe You Know Max, I think he will, We dont need another small soft winger, but there is teams out there that could use his scoring touch

  • MaxwellHowe

    Hope springs eternal

  • Mind Bomb

    CanuckUKinToronto Mind Bomb Sup Nuckles, almost the Weekend !

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Mind Bomb MaxwellHowe I hate that Nonis holds on to these players to watch them walk. 2 seasons in a row of wasted assets. Last season you can make an argument that they needed everyone for a playoff run, but this season the team sucked. They weren’t winning shit, so might as well trade your UFA players for whatever you can get

  • MaxwellHowe

    They did the same thing in 2012

  • Mind Bomb

    The_Polish_Cannon Mind Bomb MaxwellHowe Aye, the thing about last year is yes he kept mac, and GRabo, but he let the go afterwards. 

    This year the same, He should have traded Raymond, and Extended or Traded Kulie then.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Is there any team with a solid dependable RD, good defensively, who might need PP help and take Franson on a swap?

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Mind Bomb The_Polish_Cannon MaxwellHowe it’s a terrible business model for the Leafs to constantly lose more assets then they have coming in

  • Mind Bomb

    The_Polish_Cannon Mind Bomb MaxwellHowe

    Exactly, Now we have no Depth to show for it, no Future ( Picks) to show for it, and no Playoffs lol

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Mind Bomb The_Polish_Cannon MaxwellHowe Leafs will never change… doomed to constant mediocrity due to a shortsighted and impatient management/ownership team

  • Mind Bomb

    CanuckUKinToronto Mind Bomb Wont mater we wont pick until the 3rd round :)

  • Mind Bomb

    The_Polish_Cannon Mind Bomb MaxwellHowe They cant follow through, Burke had a path, right or wrong is still up for debate, but it was a path, now we dont even no yet what path we are on lol, seems to be changing with Nonis to a rebuild

  • vinoa

    MaxwellHowe Maybe in the East, but as the West has shown year after year, you need a solid team that’s committed to both ends of the ice. The way LA rolled through NY just proved that.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Mind Bomb The_Polish_Cannon MaxwellHowe Yeah, one day Nonis says he will only make moves that see youth come in. Next day he signs 31 yr old david clarkson to the longest term deal signed in TO in a long time, and trades draft picks for a 28 yr old injury prone player on an expiring deal.

  • Burtonboy

    Go Shanny, Go Nonis. Put on the blinders ,dam the torpedoes and full speed ahead. Don’t be influenced by fans or media unless you want to be looking for another job in a yrs time

  • Cameron19

    MaxwellHowe You know, the Kings had been trying to “just make the playoffs” for 3 years when they landed Doughty and Schenn in successive years. That’s when their fan base was losing their minds over the lack of progress in the rebuild. Yet they never committed to just tearing it down year after year hoping the prospects would one day look better than the current players. They kept adding a vet or two every year, shuffling out a couple pieces here and there. 

    I feel like history gets rewritten on these teams a little bit after they’re successful. Their fans felt there was no plan, too.

  • MLHS_Luke

    Any of you guys going to this Fan Fest in September?
    http://mapleleafs.com/fanfest?elq=b1f8a796f3eb4155b72b0af48548a867&elqCampaignId=290

  • Mind Bomb

    The_Polish_Cannon Mind Bomb MaxwellHowe

    Exactly I was not sure if I worded it Properly, It seams what ever they say the opposite happens. Pick a path and stick to it.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Randy Carlyle Cam, Randy Carlyle

  • dlb Reggie

    MaxwellHowe 
    gently down the stream

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Mind Bomb CanuckUKinToronto It is the weekend for me already.  Just delivered fridays Sun, Journal and Post.   Too bad I deliver Saturday and Sunday edition too.  FML :(

  • Cameron19

    MaxwellHowe Yes, but perhaps they feel we need 1 more high pick before moving forward with the rest of the plan.

  • MaxwellHowe

    silence is deafening

  • TuckerForPunishment

    MaxwellHowe HOLY FUCK!   Don’t do that man.  You scared the shit out of me.

  • Mind Bomb

    TuckerForPunishment Mind Bomb CanuckUKinToronto

    Lol Stop having Kids, you wont have to work so much, Condoms are your friend bro lol :)

  • TuckerForPunishment

    The_Polish_Cannon Mind Bomb MaxwellHowe Why not just let em walk?  A la MacA.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/MarkUkLeaf https://twitter.com/MarkUkLeaf/status/479965474331955200
    Peter Holland finished 6th in AHL post season scoring with 15 points in 11 games. Those who finished above him played 7+ more games.

  • Cameron19

    EDM acquires the rights to UFA D Nikita Nikitin

    Problems solved.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Mind Bomb TuckerForPunishment CanuckUKinToronto Wife is fixed now. How come the kids are still needing food and shelter?  I don’t get this parenting shit.  😉

  • Yan28

    He says one thing then completely condradicts it the next day. Don’t see any credibilty in him whatsoever.

  • Mind Bomb

    TuckerForPunishment Mind Bomb CanuckUKinToronto

    lol need to get them to deliver the Papers

  • T K O

    Burtonboy  nothing against Holland but leafs fans will think this is the next greatest prospect and Anaheim is looking for a second line center…………hmmmm

  • Archie Vanlanda

    Cameron19 He is a good defenseman. Not going to solve their issues but still eat a lot of minutes.

  • rustynail

    Cameron19 rights a week from UFA, big deal

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Cameron19 Was just looking at his stats and his PIM’s spiked for one season early in his career.  I guess he tried to be a goon and didn’t like it.

  • hometeem

    The_Polish_Cannon Mind Bomb MaxwellHowe yup mayray shoulda been an easy free 3rd

  • Mind Bomb

    rustynail Cameron19 Ok so thats wierd, they trade for the rights, yet other teams can semi negotiate with Nikitin anyways ?:

  • Cameron19

    Mind Bomb rustynail Cameron19 They still have exclusive rights until Wednesday.