Dave Nonis was interviewed this afternoon on Sportsnet (Fan 590) by Kypreos, Mallard and MacLean.
After the interview, the panel stated they did not get the impression that ownership was pushing Dave Nonis to make a push for Luongo and the playoffs. Kypreos stated that it seems like ownership is pushing Nonis to "do it right". They mentioned that it seems like the quality of talent in the 2013 NHL Draft is a big thing for ownership.
Good news, especially about the emphasis on the upcoming draft. I hope Nonis can somewhat correct Burke's mistake at last year's trade deadline by selling off a few guys to the highest bidder. Anything we can get for pieces who aren't long-term fixtures here.
I think these new owners want there hands on the wheel. Nonis is more likely to let there hands go on the wheel over Burke. I could be wrong. Anselmi worries me a tad. Nonis at first appears to be a "Yes" man, its still early though.
It's a fantastic draft year. The Leafs can definitely add some good players that will play soon. I really like Rielly. Kid looks like a good puck mover. The Leafs will be a very talented team in about two years. There are some gems there.
Hearsay. We'll never know the truth about this but I don't see Burke offering Kadri+Gardiner or whatever the ridiculous price that was mentioned.
I would hope not. I do find it funny how people were so sure Burke would never do such a thing when judging by his history he definitely shows a willingness to trade a high price of young talent for a player he wants.
1. Tank. 2. Trade Joffrey Lupul, Cody Franson and Clarke MacArthur. 3. Draft Nathan MacKinnon, Elias Lindholm or Alexander Barkov. 4. Trade for Roberto Luongo at the draft (Kadri, Bozak) 5. Sign Corey Perry, Paul Ranger and David Clarkson.
Going into 2013/14...
Perry - MacKinnon - Kessel
JVR - Grabovski - Kulemin
Komarov - Colborne - Clarkson
Brown - McClement - Ashton