Thursday Morning Mashup: The Calm Before the Storm

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With over a week and a half left before the NHL Entry Draft which will take place in Newark, New Jersey, things have started to heat up around the league.  If you won’t take my word for it, check out what Allan Walsh, a player agent from Octagon Sports Management, had to say yesterday:

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Also, here are some quotes from Nonis via Kevin McGran:

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Since Alec already covered the Bernier rumor yesterday (and Anthony will have a few of his thoughts later today), I thought I’d bring together a couple of snippets of what some of the general managers are saying publicly. Granted, a lot of GMs tow the same lines and spew the usual boilerplate language. However, with the new CBA, the introduction of  compliance buy-outs into the equation, and a lowering cap, this could prove to be one of the busiest off-seasons we’ve seen in a long time.

Craig MacTavish, Oilers’ GM from the recent Oilers’ State of the Union address to select season-ticket holders.  The video can be found here.

“I think we have a little bit of a competitive advantage this year, compared to other years, much like in 2006 when the cap initially came in. Teams were trying to get under the cap, we had cap room.”

“So, the normal players in unrestricted free agency, the big market teams that normally inflate the salaries, weren’t players because they had to get underneath the cap. I think there will be a small degree of that this year which may give us the ability to attract a player, or two.”

“I’ve talked about the potential to move that pick (7th), to move down to acquire an asset and still get a decent player if we move back seven of eight spots.”

Jon Davidson, Blue Jackets’ President of Hockey Operations recently sat down with BlueJackets.com  and talked about draft strategy and free agency. Quotes are from Part 1 of a two-part conversation.

“It’s hard to move up, but it’s always possible depending on what kind of package you put together. We also have the luxury of going the other way, and moving our third (first-round pick) for two seconds if we were to do something like that.”

“Then, you have the option of moving any of those four picks, or any pick for that matter, for players who can help us immediately. It’s all there, it’s all an option and it’s going to be up to us to set the table. And if something comes our way that we feel strongly about, we’ll do it. We’ve gotten ourselves into a position where we’re prepared for that.”

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Morning Links

 Tribune: Penguins’ Shero talks with Letang’s agentShero is a decisive GM so it’ll be interesting to see how this unfolds once Shero comes forward with a long-term deal.

CSN Philly: Sources, Flyers interested in deal for Ducks’ RyanThe show goes on in Philly. 

TSN: Toronto and Montreal (ew) to host 2015 and 2017 WJCs – This is really cool.

Backhand Shelf: How the Bruins and Blackhawks spend their money – Would be interesting to see how the Leafs, and the rest of the league, stacks up against the two Stanley Cup finalists.

VLM: Do we really want Jonathan Bernier? – Michael with his take on the Bernier rumor.

Backhand Shelf: Icing, shot blocking, and the death of fighting – So, did the Leafs just buy a relic for $1.85mm?

HIBS: Afternoon DelightMore in-depth piece on Nonis’ media appearance.

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  • mapleleafmuse

    Morning folks!

  • LeafsForLife

    Mornin all. Great work Aaron. Thanks for this. I think this will be the most interesting summer in some years which will be more fun for everyone.
    I am having trouble with doing the rating thing. I click on them and it just spins like its searching but never stops spinning. This has been going on for about a week now. Is there any fix to it?

  • mapleleafmuse

    Thanks, LFL. It will definitely be an exciting time but I hope Nonis keeps his head on Earth during this frenzied time. It would highly regrettable if we undid some of the great work Burke did while he was here.
    As far as the rating, I see that the article has been rated once already so many you just need to refresh your page. Thanks again for reading!

    • LeafsForLife

      mapleleafmuse no that doesnt work actually. Tried it. but thx.

    • LeafsForLife

      -Keon- My concern about Nonis is that he said himself he is more slow with things than burkie. So that could cost a good trade etc. Also, with Lieweke in there, does Nonis feel the pressure too much to do something and pull the trigger on something everyone regrets.

      • -Keon-

        More slow is better, than making a knee jerk reaction just because everyone is going nuts. Nonis seems more calculated than Burke, to me anyway, as fans I believe we are in good hands.

      • LeafsForLife

        -Keon- I guess until he makes his first big splash, i will be a bit on the edge of my seat.

    • Bobsyouruncle

      -Keon- There’s no proof that Nonis can guide this team in the right direction. Plenty of reason to be concerned. Nonis only made the play-offs in Vancouver 1 out of his 3 years with the same team that Burke made it 4 years in a row. And Nonis had a better goalie (maybe his only good move) 2 of those seasons.

      • Bobsyouruncle

        -Keon- Bobsyouruncle Yep we’re never going to know what Burke would have done. I hope it works out next year because I’ve got a feeling that Leiweke will look for his own hire if we don’t.

  • Burtonboy

    Good article Aaron. Things are gonna get very hectic from here on in.

    • mapleleafmuse

      Thanks, BB. Really looking forward to the coming 2 weeks.

  • http://twitter.com/jmckelvie RielledUp

    Anyone else buying a case of beer for the Saturday draft?… Probably going to have my own drinking game too haha.

    • LeafsForLife

      RielledUp I thought the draft was on sunday?

      • mapleleafmuse

        It is. Sunday June 30th.

        • LeafsForLife

          mapleleafmuse Ya thats what i thought. I already scheduled the day off work for it. lol.

        • LeafsForLife

          mapleleafmuse Ya thats what i thought. I already scheduled the day off work for it. lol.

  • mcloki

    Morning gents. Are teams now allowed to talk to UFAs before July 5th?

    • Burtonboy

      mcloki 5 days prior as far as I know so they can start talking with then on the 1st of July

      • Burtonboy

        mcloki Them …fuck I hate not having an edit function

        • mcloki

          Burtonboy mcloki That and the lack of non nested comments is the only drawback to this Livefyre system. Otherwise it’s pretty good.

      • mcloki

        Burtonboy mcloki And twitter should just be humming that week.

      • mcloki

        Burtonboy mcloki And twitter should just be humming that week.

  • Uncle Otis

    Well done AC..pump up the jam.
    Notice Craig Mac says 7 or 8 spots…not 14 :(
    Besides,we all know who he wants.

    • Burtonboy

      Uncle Otis He can fuck right off …he ain’t getting Gardiner lol

    • mapleleafmuse

      You’re right and I didn’t include thy quote to provoke us Leafs fans. Just wanted to highlight, or at least, show that there seems to be a willingness to move.

    • Uncle Otis

      TheCanucksnaphook 
      It would require an epic failure by Mac to move Gardiner
      Not “we’ll flip you seven”

      • Uncle Otis

        TheCanucksnaphook 
        Maybe,maybe not.
        I’d listen to all parties on all players.
        This is where a good GM can make his bones…Flyers and Calgary are good places to start :)

  • happy_gilmour

    thought i’d get the blood boiling… on the radio kypper said that the asking price for bernier would start with kadri…. lol backup for a rising point machinr center who makes his wingers more creative and free…. lol

    • mcloki

      happy_gilmour Kyper needs to stop talking out of his ass he’s losing respect as a hockey guy.

      • Burtonboy

        mcloki happy_gilmour Did he ever have any to lose ?

      • Cameron19

        TheCanucksnaphook mcloki happy_gilmour Could you imagine any of the other top 25 scorers in the league being traded for Bernier?

      • mcloki

        Cameron19 TheCanucksnaphook mcloki happy_gilmour NO kidding. Maybe we should put Reimer on the block and start asking for Tavares, Malkin or Crosby. Just ridiculous.

      • Cameron19

        TheCanucksnaphook Cameron19 No doubt by later today we’ll have people asking ” Does this mean Nonis hates Kadri and has no faith in him moving forward!?!?!”

    • Uncle Otis

      happy_gilmour 
      At first I called BS too…but if the Flyers ARE willing to part with Couturier,then it actually makes sense the Kings would up the ante ie..Frattin doesn’t cut it.
      In the end LA will take the best deal out there…doesn’t mean NoNO will be dumb enough to pay.

  • mapleleafmuse

    We’re already on it so stay tuned. I live in New York City.

    • mapleleafmuse

      Alec and Declan are working on it but if it happens, we’ll definitely make it interesting for you guys.

    • Burtonboy

      mapleleafmuse Man that would be super sweet

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon- Best guess as to what that is you freakin tease lol

    • Burtonboy

      -Keon- Hmmmmm Stastney is the only one I can think of.