Toronto Maple Leafs Director of player personnel Mark Hunter joined Leafs Lunch to discuss the recent signings of Casey Bailey and Nikita Soshnikov, the depth of talent in the organization, and the upcoming draft.
We got a lead from Evgeny Namestnikov, who we hired as a scout for us over in Russia. He said come over to watch this young man who he liked a lot, who he coached. He’s a kid that plays a hard-nosed, two way game, he’s got some good skills, but lots of effort. It’s a big part of game, effort.
He’s going to get...
Former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson talks to Dean Blundell & Co. to discuss his current sentiments regarding the NHL club, sympathizing with what Randy Carlyle has gone through, and on the amount of blame directed at captain Dion Phaneuf for the club’s poor performance.
Former Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins joined Bob Mackowycz on TSN Radio, touching on the Leafs rebuild, the market's treatment of Phaneuf, and the futures of Rielly, Gardiner and Kadri.
Have we lost sight of how good Phaneuf could be?
I think it happens. It’s an easy thing to happen. When you get into a negative environment and there’s lots of losses, it’s very easy to pile on individuals. I’ve really kept an eye on Toronto since I've been gone. It’s an organization close to my heart because I was here for so long. I think a lot of the criticism of Dion and some of the...
Daniel Winnik spoke to Bryan Hayes about his time in Toronto and what he's looking forward to in Pittsburgh:
First thing that comes to mind about the Pittsburgh Penguins:
Chance to win the Stanley Cup. With Crosby and Malkin I think you’ve got a chance every single year. I’m looking forward to helping that cause.
It used to be my job to try to shut them down. I don’t think I’ve done too good a job of it the past few years. It will be nice to help them score instead of trying to keep them off the scoresheet.
Handling the rumours of...
Dave Nonis speaks to Hockey Central at Noon about rebuilding the Maple Leafs, the Franson & Santorelli trade, and more.
How long were you working on the trade?
Quite a while. We played in Nashville earlier in the month. I stayed behind and spent a couple of days, with Dave and I after that just talking about potential of a deal involving various players, including the two we ended up moving. Dave is a very thoughtful guy who takes a long time to evaluate things. We spent a few days doing that and then over the next 10 days or...
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis' current assessment of his club: "I think we have a good team, and not a great team. Great teams can have nights off and still win. That's not our group. We need to compete and execute if we're gonna have success."