(Thursday Mashup) Maple Leafs considering Tony Granato as potential assistant coach, Dave Nonis meets with media ahead of draft

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According to Darren Dreger, the Maple Leafs have been talking to recently let-go Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato about filling one of three assistant coaching vacancies in Toronto.

The off-season following Pittsburgh’s Cup win, Granato joined Pittsburgh as an assistant to Dan Bylsma (also coached under Bylsma in Sochi). Granato’s focus was the forward units and the penalty kill, which for the most part was a success under his watch.

Granato would also tick off the box of having prior head coaching experience having taken over the Avalanche bench on two separate occasions (2002-04, 2008-09, amassing an 104-78-17 record). The Avalanche made the playoffs in both 2002-03 and 2003-04, but Granato was dismissed after 1st and 2nd round exits, respectively. A roster that included Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic, Paul Kariya, Teemu Selanne, Rob Blake, Milan Hejduk and Alex Tanguay was expected to go deep and Granato was reassigned to an assistant’s role.

Granato’s exit from Colorado in 2009 was acrimonious, as GM Pierre Lacroix began pursuing Patrick Roy as his next coach while leaving Granato to twist in the wind, technically still in possession of the head coaching job which he took over from Joel Quenneville prior to the beginning of the 2008-09 season. Lacroix’s pursuit of Roy failed and he didn’t really have a choice but to go in a new direction, hiring Joe Sacco and letting Granato go. The Avalanche scored under 200 goals that year en route to the third overall pick (Duchene) in the draft.

If Granato is brought in, it’s likely to take over the Leafs’ wayward penalty kill. His results in Pittsburgh suggest there’s some sense in that. The Penguins’ PK finished first in the League in his first season in Pittsburgh, 3rd the year after, 25th in 2012-13 (with a rebound to 92.3% in the playoffs), and 5th this past season (note: received a league-best .911 SV% in 4v5 situations, 15th in CF%).

Nonis Meets the Media Ahead of Draft

Shocking, months of talk about the Leafs trading up isn’t going to come to fruition. Worry not, big changes are a—

Nevermind.

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  • Doorman

    Nothing to say but GO LEAFS GO!!!

  • BigTO

    Nonis inspiring a tonne of confidence in us all as per usual.
    Worry not, Carlyle’s back AND HE’S BRINGING IN NEW ASSISTANTS

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/renlavoietva https://twitter.com/renlavoietva/status/482259413445906432
    NHL and NHLPA will talk soon about the final cap number. An announcement could come as early as tonight. https://twitter.com/hashtag/tvasports?src=hash

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/DarrenDreger https://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/482257210169249794
    Dale Tallon is telling gm’s he has 1 really good offer for 1st pick overall. Not sure he’s going to take it. Other so-so offers as well.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/longleysunsport https://twitter.com/longleysunsport/status/482260108920229888
    Nonis said that https://twitter.com/hashtag/Leafs?src=hash prez Brendan Shanahan has brought a player’s mentality to evaluation of players. He says it’s been helpful.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/HennyTweets https://twitter.com/HennyTweets/status/482260378605207552
    Nonis also added that it wouldn’t be a stretch to see James Reimer return to battle for the starting job. https://twitter.com/hashtag/tmltalk?src=hash

  • Komas Taberle

    Burtonboy
    Go figure … That’s why Joel Quenville won all those cups?

  • Omac13

    Burtonboy Yeah but its not the leafs. I bet my Life its the Oilers moving up from 3. No way FLA wants to drop outta the top 3. I know he said 8 but to move down to 8 he would have to have a hell of a offer. Oilers move up from 3 to 1 take Ekblab, FLA takes Bennett or Reinhart or even the German Kid at 3

  • Komas Taberle

    Burtonboy
    Randy Carlyle spills beer out of his nose.

  • Mcost61

    That look is etched on his face permanently it seems

  • Bruffins

    Komas Taberle Burtonboy
    “this is not okay” – Randy

  • Bruffins

    Mcost61
    it just screams “I’m overwhelmed”

  • Omac13

    Burtonboy Nonis is very good at not telling the meida nothing but what he should say. Right now Reimer is an RFA it would be stupid for Nonis to say anything thats not about Reimer playing for his team because it would hert his value in the trade market. With that said If you cant get a better backup or a good deal for Reimer the why would you trade him? The leafs have the ball in their court with Reimer

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Bruffins Mcost61 Actually he’s patient and calculating
    Just you wait and see!

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/longleysunsport https://twitter.com/longleysunsport/status/482260965111906304
    Though Nonis doesn’t think No. 1 pick is possible for https://twitter.com/hashtag/Leafs?src=hash, he has talked to https://twitter.com/hashtag/Panthers?src=hash boss Dale Tallon as recently as this morning.

  • mcloki

    Alec Brownscombe Bruffins Mcost61 Spill the beans.

  • Ydargo

    It screams “no matter what I do, I’ll lose…….do nothing media says you’re not trying……..overpay to move up and you mismanaged assets “

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/mbrownSN590 https://twitter.com/mbrownSN590/status/482261522987880449
    Nonis said they’re closer on hiring new assistant coaches, but not done.
    https://twitter.com/hashtag/Leafs?src=hash https://twitter.com/hashtag/2014nhldraft?src=hash

  • mcloki

    Burtonboy great so Shanny will overvalue d men and undervalue forwards because. “PhhFFF I could do that”

  • Alec Brownscombe

    mcloki Alec Brownscombe Bruffins Mcost61 He’ll sign Bolland and Boyle, call it a day

  • mcloki

    Burtonboy We’re calling you out Dale Tallon. This is the only time your name will be in the media all year long so keep on milking it. Your’ 15 minutes ends tomorrow night and everyone will go back to forgetting all about you.

  • Omac13

    Burtonboy As i said before, all this talk about the leafs making all these moves are media driven to make sure us stupid leafs fans tune into the draft so they get good ratings. About all nonis gets done is aquires a 2nd round pick and possibly Depth player like last year when he got Bolland. Nothing Blockbuster.
    My predection.
    Leafs Draft 8th
    Trade James reimer for a 2nd round pick
    Trade 3rd rounder + prospect for Chris Stewart
    That will be the leafs draft.!

  • mcloki

    Burtonboy Add in that 5% inflator.

  • Reversethecurse13

    Omac13 Burtonboy someone had a great post a month or two ago about this exact process…drumming up excitement with tons of rumours….and no one does anything…ffs

  • Bruffins

    http://m.tickld.com/x/guy-posts-yoga-mat-for-sale-ad-on-craigslist-this-is-hilarious

  • Ydargo

    What would honestly think if that was the case?

  • Komas Taberle

    Alec Brownscombe mcloki Bruffins Mcost61
    I wouldn’t mind that if we get right price and term.
    There isn’t alot you can do without giving up the farm.

  • Doorman

    Alec Brownscombe mcloki Bruffins Mcost61 In other Words:  No Change!!!

    Maybe a step Backwards!!!  This year is the first that I can remember having No Hope!!!

  • Ydargo

    I would be very happy with the 4.2 over 5yrs

  • mcloki

    Alec Brownscombe mcloki Bruffins Mcost61 I can see that. Gives us a little better balance on D. Still leaves a 3rd and 4th line that Marlies could fill. Not the worst way to go.

  • Ydargo

    I don’t share that outlook at all……the Blue Jays are a good example of how things can change over an off season without any major change

  • Bruffins

    FrycersGhost
    Id say if we miss the playoffs him and Carlyle are fired. Randy might be gone sooner if the team really shits the bed early

  • mcloki

    Doorman Alec Brownscombe mcloki Bruffins Mcost61 Depends if Granberg or another knock Down D comes on board. Protect Bernier. play a cycle game. drop shots against. Win more faceoffs and they could get into theplay offs. 
    But any deviance from that and Carlyle is gone. and the year goes into the shitter.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    mcloki Alec Brownscombe Bruffins Mcost61 We’d be in the wildcard mix, don’t know if we’d make it, Carlyle still sucks, so yeah, doesn’t get me too fired up.

  • Doorman

    CanuckUKinToronto Doorman Alec Brownscombe mcloki Bruffins Mcost61 Carlyle should have taken the blame for the Meltdown!!!  He should not have been given a second chance!!!

  • mcloki

    Bruffins FrycersGhost before American Thanksgiving.

  • Ydargo

    In reference to the Jays? The Jays still have a ways to go yet to be at the equivalent of a 67gm NHL pace

  • mcloki

    Alec Brownscombe mcloki Bruffins Mcost61 I want to know the Assitant coaches. They could be American league guys or they could be Crawford and Bylsma. Coaches in waiting. That’ll ratchet up the storyline.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Bruffins That was awesome.  Brought tears to my eyes.  Reminded me of a native sweat I once attended.

  • Reversethecurse13

    Hurricanes haven’t made the playoffs in 5 years, and have placed 11th, 9th, 12th, 13th, and 13th during that time…Ron Francis says no moves are expected
    Jets/Thrashers haven’t made the playoffs in 7 years…Jets GM hasn’t made a single trade since becoming GM three years ago…
    Islanders have made playoffs twice in past 9 years…hey, maybe in 5 years they could have a decent team….if they’re patient, that is!
    BRB, gonna get my Bachelors and Law degree, maybe i’ll have a good team to watch by that time…

  • Doorman

    mcloki Doorman Alec Brownscombe Bruffins Mcost61 The Leafs were too predictable last year and that is the coaches Fault in my books!!!

  • deedrag

    CanuckUKinToronto Burtonboy  I’d love for Reimer to be back and make it uncomfortable for Nonis and RC. If he wins his job back as number one guess who’s leash  becomes a choker? Ha, Ha, sucks to be Randy right about now. If he still had some self respect and actually was a responsible person he would’ve left by now. Keep your eyes on your 12 and your 6 because RC will try to take you down with him. He’s a wounded animal now and very treacherous.

  • Komas Taberle

    TuckerForPunishment Bruffins
    My buddy went to a Hot Yoga class and the chick in front of him farted a blast right in his face.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Reversethecurse13 best to get into a trade…

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Dangle_My_Berries Reversethecurse13 …. and move to Alberta.

  • Doorman

    CanuckUKinToronto exactly!!!  What a fucking waste of Time!!!

  • mcloki

    Doorman mcloki Alec Brownscombe Bruffins Mcost61 Especially on the “Give it to Phil” or “Let Phaneuf stand on the blueline and shoot howitzers” The were more static on the PP than table top hockey guys.

  • Reversethecurse13

    CanuckUKinToronto remember when we said if Leafs missed the playoffs last year Carlyle was a goner for sure….

  • Doorman

    Komas Taberle TuckerForPunishment Bruffins Good Clean Yoga Air.!!!  Lol

  • MaxwellHowe

    Unbelievably, I agree with Damien Cox; the NHL draft is not necessary, rewards crappy teams and may be fundamentally unfair to young talent.

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/blogs/the-spin/life-without-a-draft-might-be-better/