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."
Maple Leafs assistant coach Steve Spott joined Leafs Lunch to discuss the team’s back-to-back losses against the Penguins and Sabres, emphasizing the importance of the team's core playing a more complete game, and being more defensively responsible. He also talked about the players' obligation to speak with the media.
After Phil Kessel refused to speak to the media, Jonas Siegel tried to chase him down and get a quote out of him and was surprised that he was told to leave him alone. Now he says he's going to "out" Kessel everytime he doesn't want to speak.