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Dave Nonis stopped by TSN radio earlier this afternoon. Summary after the jump.

On the process of acquiring Bernier:

We had gone back and forth a couple of times throughout the course of the year trying to make it fit. There were roadblocks from one side or the other, and we decided to shelve it until the end of the year. It was the excitement of bringing another top young goaltender, having Jonathan and James together gives us one of the top 1-2 punches of potential in the NHL.

On whether he  considered other options in net:

We had a couple  other goalies (in our sights) but focused more on Jonathan in terms of a long term guy. It was well documented that we looked at a veteran  down the stretch, but in terms of a long term guy he was the one we were most focused on.

On whether he’s worried about a goaltending controversy:

That’s always that risk at any position. We could have a top center that gets pushed down to 2nd or 3rd and not be happy, but if you have the right people, with right character, they are going to battle as hard as they can and both will benefit . It’s a situation where we feel we have two guys who have great character who will both compete for that job and push hard for the net.

On splitting starts:

Randy uses his players in terms of ice time pretty well. The guy who is hottest is getting the most ice. Both players will play quite a few games. It won’t be a 70/12 split.

On Reimer’s reaction:

Professional. He was a little bit surprised that we brought in a similar player. He was thinking we would get a more established older guy to join him. I explained to him we didn’t rule that out but that there wasn’t a good fit for us, or for James. He understands that, and he doesn’t expect to have anything given to him. He is a very driven guy. If you look at what he’s accomplished, you can make a case he improved as much as anyone on our team over the past few years. He wants to keep the net.

On whether he would now move James Reimer:

I’d never say no. Is there a situation where certain players are untouchable? No. Not if you can make your team better. Do we expect to, or are we trying to move James? Not at all. The thinking is that we will have both players here at training camp and battling for the opening night starting position.

On his off-season plans from here:

Down the middle is really where championship teams are built. Watching the final 4 teams and the final 2 gives you a good example of what to follow. We’ll look to strengthen the C position and continue to add a couple of guys on the back end. We have a lot of good young defencemen that are not quite ready  yet. To try to find a C is something we will look hard to do, but most teams looking for the same things. Hardest positions to add to.

On trading for a number one center:

It would have to be through a trade, and a little luck. if you have a No. 1 C or a guy who you believe will become one, you don’t usually move him, unless you’re just so deep and you have a glaring need somewhere else. We’ll keep looking to acquire one, but we’re not the only team looking to do that, many teams are in the same position. We’ve been fortunate that some of the guys here have made some strides and played above where we expected them at this point.

On the cap coming down, and whether it’s harder or easier to do a deal:

Lawyer’s answer: Both. More people than usual looking to make a deal, but more difficult to complete one. A lot of teams  have cap issues whether it’s because of internal budgets or the cap itself dropping. There are going to be a lot of options but most teams have limited cap space. It will be a moving target between now and the start of FA.

On Tyler Bozak:

We would like to keep him. we are going to do what we can to see if we can keep Tyler. He’s done what we’ve asked of him. It’s a function of making it fit within a falling cap. We have a little bit of time and we are gonna see if we can get him signed by the 5th. If not, we will have to reallocate those dollars and find another solution.

On compliance buyouts, and whether he envisions using one or both:

Definitely an option, but we’re not at that position yet. We’re going see what happens at the draft, what pieces can be moved. The buyout period is just starting. Plenty of time to make those decisions.

 

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  • Dangle_My_Berries

    sure doesn’t sound like a guy on the cusp of ruining this franchise with stupid deals…

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    sure doesn’t sound like a guy on the cusp of ruining this franchise with stupid deals…

    • Uncle Otis

      Dangle_My_Berries 
      Is that the flavour du jour round here?
      Saw Cameron scrambling for his inhaler over Phaneuf talk last night 😉

      • Loric76

        Uncle Otis Dangle_My_Berries the previous thread is thick with thick people

        • newkb

          Loric76 Uncle Otis Dangle_My_Berries Hopefully they stay there….except for me, of course.

        • leafmealone

          Loric76 Uncle Otis Dangle_My_Berries Nature of the beast with this blog. At this time of year, with Nonis saying more or less that “anything could happen”, we all really get to see the vehemence that the individual posters have towards their particular favourites and their whipping boys. Everybody seems to have their own plans for “if I was GM” and don’t want to be gainsaid by any stretch of the imagination.

        • Loric76

          leafmealone Loric76 Uncle Otis Dangle_My_Berries so what you’re saying is Nonis brings the dumb out of dumb people lol

        • Uncle Otis

          leafmealone 
          Smartest thing I’ve seen Nonis say is “nobody is untouchable” which may seem throwaway but in hockey vernacular translates; “we’re open for business”
          Now if he trades Dion for Gagner straight up,then Ill join the chorus.
          Think he’s too smart for that.

        • leafmealone

          Loric76 leafmealone Uncle Otis Dangle_My_Berries Not exactly. I think I’m implying that everyone here thinks they would run the circus best, and can’t understand why other people don’t see the brilliance of their particular plan. The fact that some of those people are actually dumb, and that their plans are indeed terrible is tangential to that fact.

        • newkb

          leafmealone Loric76 Uncle Otis Dangle_My_Berries I know someone from the previous thread whose ears must be on fire now…

        • Uncle Otis

          newkb 
          Think I better go back and read that thread

        • theacs1966

          leafmealone Loric76 Uncle Otis Dangle_My_Berries I like to think I have a good hockey mind.  I have some things I want to see, like a trade up to get Barkov, and things I don’t want to see, like trading Gardiner, however, if they gave me the keys and told me to “fix it”, I’d shit and have a panic attack at the same time.

        • newkb

          Uncle Otis Don’t do it….he may see you and follow you back here.

        • theacs1966

          newkb Uncle Otis Fenton?

        • leafmealone

          Uncle Otis leafmealone I think the “no one is untouchable” line is just good lawyer speak. And it also indicates the reality of “hey, if someone makes me an offer I can’t refuse, then I won’t refuse it.”

        • leafmealone

          newkb leafmealone Loric76 Uncle Otis Dangle_My_Berries I’m not referring to anyone specifically. But I really don’t understand those who are advocating we trade Reimer before Bernier proves anything.

        • leafmealone

          theacs1966 newkb Uncle Otis I’d ignore that guy. He’s just here to use whatever position is convenient at the time to play devil’s advocate in critiquing other posters.

        • newkb

          theacs1966 newkb Uncle Otis Shhhh…..lol

  • leafmealone

    So just saw that the Flyer’s finally bought out Bryz. Between him and Briere they coming off the cap I expect they have more plans to offer sheet RFA’s. Wonder if they put an offer in on Rask?

    • Faalcon

      leafmealone I hope they do. I would love to see that, however Bruins have cap space and Chia is a wily GM.

    • Faalcon

      leafmealone I hope they do. I would love to see that, however Bruins have cap space and Chia is a wily GM.

      • leafmealone

        Faalcon leafmealone Sure the B’s have some cap space. But they also need to resign or replace Horton, and they have d men going UFA. IF Philly forces them into a massive overpayment on Boston’s part like they did with Weber and Nashville, that “space” is going to disappear pretty darn fast.

        • theacs1966

          leafmealone Faalcon Bos needs to sign both goalies.

        • leafmealone

          theacs1966 leafmealone Faalcon Not sure what kind of a priority they’re placing on Khudobin though.

        • theacs1966

          leafmealone theacs1966 Faalcon I meant a starter and a back up.  Will take whatever space they now have just to sign those 2 positions.

    • TheColborneUltimatum

      leafmealone Philly is such a laugh right now. I have no idea what their plan is. Something tells me they will be disappointed in Streit.

      • leafmealone

        TheColborneUltimatum leafmealone I’m wondering if their real target is now Ryan Miller. The new realignment has lessened the degree to which they and Buffalo are rivals for a playoff spot. And they tend to always want the shiniest toys. Or maybe they go back to the ex-Coyote well and check in on Mike Smith?

  • leafmealone

    So just saw that the Flyer’s finally bought out Bryz. Between him and Briere they coming off the cap I expect they have more plans to offer sheet RFA’s. Wonder if they put an offer in on Rask?

  • Faalcon

    I like the low key even keel approach of Nonis. I now hope he is makes ballsy decisions in the off season  to make this team better.

    • ProfessorRance

      Faalcon Bring on Letang! (Never in a million years, I know)

  • -Keon-

    Wow, Mr. Nonis is going to be a very busy man I would say. Many of those point to that being the case. And finally, say good-bye Tyler Bozak.

  • TheColborneUltimatum

    I would have liked to hear him say they’ll begin negotiations with Kessel and Phaneuf.

  • TheColborneUltimatum

    -Keon- He could easily be back. Especially if Grabo finds a new home.

  • Area49th

    The wheels have not fallen off the bus?  We still have not traded away our 1st round pick(though I like Kessel more each year and Seguin,less). At least we don’t have Torts

  • Area49th

    Hockey Buzz Eklund ‏@Eklund https://twitter.com/Eklund/status/349645207190503425
    Updated my blog on Luongo/Flyers possibilities. Was told Luongo won’t be a Canuck much longer at all.

    • leafmealone

      Area49th I don’t get that guy. He claimed that the Flyer’s had a plan in place to acquire Lu, but then added “but not in a trade”. Well how does that work? Are they going to use mind control on Gillis to put him on waivers or buy him out? Cause Gillis would have to at least have a mind to control. 
      On the flip side though, if Gillis is forced to either buy out or give away this player when he had at some point actual offers of assets in return, then I’ll laugh til it hurts. Between Torts in that locker room and failing so epically solely based on his ego in demanding what everyone knew he couldn’t get, Van is getting what they deserve.

      • Area49th

        leafmealone Area49th Yeah. From what I hear Gillis is not well liked in the GM circles, must have hosed some teams as agent. Torts and Gillis, the show begins

        • leafmealone

          Area49th leafmealone lol, imagine that eh? An agent that nobody likes. 😉
          To be fair, I can understand one of the main reasons. It’s that as an agent, he stumped around claiming that he could GM better than the guys he was dealing with. So he got his chance without even remotely paying his dues, and stepped into a very successful organization as his first gig. He then took all the accolades for that team’s success for himself even though the work had been done by others. Now, that the team bears more of his fingerprints than anyone else’s, and now that it’s going down the drain, it’s not surprising that he is getting kicked while he’s down by the other members of the GM fraternity.