Camp opens on Thursday! This Thursday!
Lou addresses the media the Charity Golf Classic:
Tonnes of interviews from the event are up in the Leafs’ videocentre.
- James Mirtle: Maple Leafs put a brave face on the team’s rebuild (The Globe and Mail)
“Expectations are, you know, who knows?” said centre Nick Spaling, the only veteran the Leafs received from Pittsburgh in the Phil Kessel trade. “We’ve got a lot of young guys, a lot of guys who have a lot of good years left and things to prove. That’s a dangerous team to be playing against. It’s going to be a lot of fun for guys to develop this year.”
- Jonas Siegel: Lamoriello in learning mode as new Leafs GM (TSN)
“For me the most important thing right now is the personnel. And who are we? And what are we? We didn’t do [culture change] in New Jersey right off the bat either. We became who we were and then gradually we put an identity to ourselves and established a culture. I think you’ve got to put the right things in perspective first.
- Kevin McGran: Lou Lamoriello yet to put his stamp on Maple Leafs (Toronto Star)
Dion Phaneuf: “From meeting Lou and speaking with him, I’m really excited to be working for him. He’s been around the game for a long time. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s won. He’s going to bring that experience and his knowledge and put his blueprint on this team. I’m sure there’s going to be a meeting at the start of the year to say how he wants the team to be run. We’re going to abide by that.”
- Elseldo: Maple Leaf Gardens: Last of Original Six arenas (PPP)
On September 9th, 2012, the first hockey game in 13 years took place under the signature white bubble that made up the Gardens’ roof. The Ryerson Rams won the game 5-4 and hockey has been played there ever since. Maple Leaf Gardens is one of two Original Six rinks that still stand and display artifacts from its time, but it is the only one still being used for hockey.
- Sean Lahey: Brock Nelson negotiations with Islanders go quiet, and clock’s ticking (Puck Daddy)
There’s a bit of desperation here on Nelson’s end. As Staple notes, Islanders owner Charles Wang has a steadfast rule when it comes to contract negotiations: If you don’t sign by the beginning of training camp you sit for the entire year. Period. Harsh? Sure — just ask Brad Isbister — but it certainly helps speed up talks in most cases.
- Greg Wyshynski: NHL adds concussion spotters, controversial ‘Julian Edelman Rule’ (Puck Daddy)
“No medical expertise is needed to do the job they are being asked to do. They aren’t evaluating the players or diagnosing whether or not they have a concussion. That’s the job of the doctors and trainers. All they are doing is alerting team medical staff where they witness or identify an incident where there is a visible sign of concussion. Those signs aren’t ‘medical’ — they are objectively observable and they have already been precisely defined in the protocol,” Bill Daly said.