Maple Leafs hire Brandon Pridham as new assistant GM

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Brandon Pridham
Brandon Pridham

The Maple Leafs have rounded out their front office by hiring a second assistant GM — Brandon Pridham.

Pridham has been working in the NHL head offices for 15 years, leaving a position as Director of the Central Registry and Central Scouting. Pridham will be the team’s resident capologist and CBA expert as well as negotiate contracts with the team’s pending free agents — the role Claude Loiselle was fired from in late July.

Pridham’s career with the NHL began in 1999 as a coordinator in Central Scouting. He has also served in the Central Scouting and Central Registry departments; his role was that of the “contact person” for NHL general managers on issues involving the CBA, salary cap and the Central Scouting department. That would suggest there are very few in the hockey world who know these things as inside and out as Pridham.

[pull_quote_center]I am very grateful for the opportunities and experiences I’ve gained at the National Hockey League. I always looked forward to the opportunity to bring that experience to an NHL club and I’m thrilled with the chance to join Dave Nonis and his team with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

– Brandon Pridham[/pull_quote_center]

When the Leafs hired Loiselle, he came with some league executive experience as well as the Assistant Director of Hockey Operations, but he worked primarily in salary arbitration and collective bargaining. Pridham has been working with the League on salary cap issues specifically since it introduced the cap in 2005.

CapGeek reported last week that the Leafs’ bonus overage wound up dinging the Leafs for $520,000 on the cap next season — for a team that finished eighth last in the League last season, that was perhaps the final straw for Loiselle, who faced much criticism for the buyout-proof structure of the David Clarkson deal, the team’s use of their compliance buyouts, and their season-long cap squeeze that saw the team lose Joe Colborne in preseason and limited their roster flexibility all year.

It looks like Kyle Dubas will be partly occupying Dave Poulin’s former position, at least in the sense that one of his roles looks to be the overseeing of the Toronto Marlies — Dubas has made a few small AHL signings in the past few weeks, including Patrick Watling, his former player in the Soo. Pridham will be the Leafs’ cap guy and contract negotiator, and is someone Shanahan’s likely quite familiar with from his time in the NHL head office.

Shanny continues to reshape the Leafs’ front office in his image, bit by bit.

 

  • Burtonboy

    Excellent hire IMO

  • Bobsyouruncle

    Burtonboy  
    Every hire or signing is excellent to you.

  • Walter_White

    Bobsyouruncle Burtonboy Not much to complain about lately…

  • Komas Taberle

    This si a great hire. team’s cap guys used him as a sounding board before signing anyone to make sure the were aligned with all cap rules.

  • Burtonboy

    Bobsyouruncle Burtonboy God Bless you Bob

  • Bobsyouruncle

    Burtonboy A point in every direction is the same as no point at all.

  • Burtonboy

    Bobsyouruncle Burtonboy God bless you Bob

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Ian from Etobicoke

    The ExtraSkater hire is a good one as it blocks other teams from easy access to advanced statistics, plus he understands on how everything fits together.

    The hiring of Charron is a head scratcher. I’ve never seen a writer get lit up as bad as Charron did as he was regularly flat-out wrong and stupidly so. He was regularly called out for missing information in his articles that would disprove the entire articles.
    Aside from all of that, he carries himself like a complete loser everywhere he’s been.

  • Waiting4LSC

    Komas Taberle KT, are you suggesting Leafs continue to take the moral high ground, and leave the grey areas to the other franchisees?  For once, I’d like to see us take some initiative, cos the NHL aren’t going to do us any favours. :)

  • Mind Bomb

    So is Scouting Next, Assistant Coaches, AGM’s Roster Vamps. PR department changed, created a new anal Department :)

  • Burtonboy

    Apparently the other stt guy they are hiring is Rob Pettapiece

    https://twitter.com/N24Nicholson https://twitter.com/N24Nicholson/status/501810567062237184
    The https://twitter.com/hashtag/Leafs?src=hash are adding an analytics department. Reports indicate Darryl Metcalf, Cam Charron, and Rob Pettapiece have been hired.

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

    https://twitter.com/simmonssteve https://twitter.com/simmonssteve/status/501804651097112576
    Cam Charron and I exchanged private emails last season. He posted them online. You can think what you want. To me, that’s a weasel.

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

    https://twitter.com/mirtle https://twitter.com/mirtle/status/501810035627159552
    https://twitter.com/simmonssteve You and I had private conversations you put in the Sun. What’s the difference?

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

    Meow

  • Mind Bomb

    NiagaraFallsThunder Mind Bomb hahhaha

  • Mind Bomb

    This is Weird 

    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2014/08/19/21883941.html

  • loomx

    whoa. Not like there’s anybody who can’t just recreate a database like extraskater, but hiring the guy who put all that stuff in a comprehensive and easy to use website is valuable. This is probably the first of Dubas’ moves. Uses extraskater, hired by the Leafs, then buys extraskater. That’s brilliant no matter what you think of stats.

    As for Charron, it’s interesting. I like his stuff, didn’t always agree with him, but he helps contextualize the stats for Dubas.

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

    Mind Bomb Yeah, saw that earlier. Hope all’s well.

  • Mind Bomb

    ingy56 Mind Bomb Aye bro.

  • loomx

    Why oh why didn’t I pay attention in stats class?! Seriously. I didn’t need a hockey background, I could’ve just been one of the first people to use and talk about advanced stats and bam, I could’ve been hired by the Leafs today. Damn you, past loomx.

  • NiagaraFallsThunder

    ingy56 Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals … except the weasel.  ~~ Homer Simpson

  • Reether

    ingy56 This is the same guy that said on TSN that the Leafs have no Legends in their history. Why does he work in this market again? Correction, why does he have a job?

  • NiagaraFallsThunder

    loomx Do you think other teams use ExtraSkater or they have their own guys tracking these things?

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

    Meow….hssssshttps://twitter.com/simmonssteve https://twitter.com/simmonssteve/status/501813889940856832
    When you find your name in my column https://twitter.com/mirtle call me. Until then, go back to tweeting answers to questions you don’t have the balls to ask.

  • Pent_House

    loomx

    you seriously would like to be one of these stats geek? lol 

    No thanks, what they do can be be literally done by anyone, you compile the data and analyse, it’s straight forward.   I’ve never seen these guys explain the stats by supporting it with on ice observations, the most they have on that is “he sucks at hockey”

  • Cameron19

    Pent_House loomx No offense, but you’re not listening very closely if you’ve never heard any of them explain it with on-ice evidence. I think a lot of people are confusing a small segment of the advanced stats community with the entire idea of what it is.

  • dlb Mad

    ingy56 
    whatever happened to …
    lol

  • 4evrblue

    Is this thread open discussion?

    Pridham sounds like he could be a solid addition. IMO the only piece missing now is a smooth trade negotiator because I don’t think NoNo is it

  • dlb Mad

    Cameron19
    this Cam Charon guy strikes me as kinda what PH just described

  • Cameron19

    4evrblue Meh, he negotiated the Phaneuf deal, and brought Bernier here for Scrivens and a 2nd round pick (and ultimately, D’Amigo).

  • Pent_House

    Cameron19 Pent_House loomx

    Maybe they have recently I have no idea, I got turned off PPP and those all guys long time ago, with the arrogance etc. 

    I’ve never seen them specifically break something down that happens on the ice, all I’ve seen from them is some stats followed by Dave Nonis is stupid, or RC is stupid, or this guy sucks at hockey etc. 

    They don’t even give you the chance to give them a chance if that makes sense, because they just put you off from  the jump. 

    Maybe they’ve started to explain things on the ice but I have yet to see it.

  • dlb Mad

    Bobsyouruncle
    ball

  • BigTO

    I’m all for an analytics department but Charron’s pieces always had some crater sized holes in them and he had big issues with context.
    Can think of a number of Leafs bloggers more deserving. 
    Nonetheless, congrats to him, he’s still a smart kid

  • Mind Bomb

    ingy56 This is what I am picturing for them lol

  • Mind Bomb

    @BigTO I am hoping Alec sends transcripts of all my Comments on Here, I know I can get hired lol

  • 4evrblue

    Cameron19 4evrblue  I think the Dion deal was just Burke pumping his tires

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/MattyPfeffer https://twitter.com/MattyPfeffer/status/501822928242343936
    Oh man, https://twitter.com/RobPettapiece . One of the best kept secrets out there. Congrats goes out to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/Michael_Traikos https://twitter.com/Michael_Traikos/status/501823042486820864
    Kadri on Steve Spott hiring: “I love that. When I read that he was going to be part of our coaching staff, I was super ecstatic”

  • Cameron19

    4evrblue Cameron19 You could be right. You probably are, lol.

  • Mcost61

    Burtonboy  Sounds like he has a good rapport with players

  • 4evrblue

    Can’t believe Charron has been hired by the leafs. Absolutely the worst blogs I have ever read in my life. Everything he writes is just seething with negativity. I avoided his articles like the plague and now to think he might actually have some type of say into how my favourite team is built!?! Very disappointing.

  • Mcost61

    4evrblue  How do you shut people up? Pay them

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue Yeah its kinda weird the guys who were so critical of the Leafs and Oilers now work for those teams

  • Burntheboats

    https://twitter.com/Jeffler/status/501803035514122240

  • BigTO

    Burtonboy 4evrblue Smart people listen to the merits of their critics’ arguments. So I have no issue with the principle of it. I just don’t think Charron has a clue about hockey.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/ian_mendes https://twitter.com/ian_mendes/status/501826086036992000
    Breaking: Sens owner Eugene Melnyk tells https://twitter.com/TSN1200 the team has signed Clarke MacArthur to a 5-year contract extension.

  • Marlies Man

    As far as August hockey news days go, this one has been decent. Leafs hire another assistant GM, Simmons and Mirtle Twitter row, Kovalev slamming Subban … keep it going!

  • Burtonboy

    @BigTO Burtonboy 4evrblue It will be interesting to see if anything these guys talk about gets put in place or even if they last in these positions . Pressure is on these guys to deliver now after all they have said

  • Mcost61

    Marlies Man  Offseason tribulations

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/Senators https://twitter.com/Senators/status/501826585616343040
    https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sens?src=hash five-year extension with Clarke MacArthur has an AAV of $4.65M ($4.5, $4.5, $4.75, $4.75, $4.75).