Last season the Leafs were third in the league in regulation wins. Pretty impressive considering that they were without Lupul and Reimer for a substantial amount of games. After a highly successful regular season they then moved on to very nearly defeat the stanley cup finalist bruins in the first round. Matt Frattin and Ben Scrivens are very likeable guys that seemed to be a good fit on this young team. James Reimer was the mvp of the leafs in the post season (close second to Kessel) and has proven himself to be a highly skilled goalie (consistent career save %), however there are areas of his game that are in dire need of work . No question that Bernier is an upgrade on the skills of Frattin and Scrivens but do you think that Nonis is maybe playing a bit too loosely with this "nobody is untouchable" talk when the team has recently formed a winning identity? I liked how Nonis sat back last year, not gambling with late season additions, and watched as the team had great success. Hearing Reimer talk about feeling alienated and also seeing an interview with Frattin where he expressed being shocked on his trade (the guy is usually cold as ice), i'm wondering if the team is going to suffer? There is no doubt that Nonis is shaking things up. Perhaps this is worthy of discussion?
Chemistry and all of that is important, but a GM's job is to try and constantly improve his team at every single position. Be it the goalie coach or the top line center. If a GM isn't looking to make every single part of his organization better, he isn't doing his job.
Some good points. I think all the guys really liked frattin and scrivs, but Nonis isn't running a friends group, he's running a hockey team. He made a move he thinks will improve the team in the long run and if it means moving out more people for the good of the future than so be it.