Leafs GM Nonis reportedly working phones to find a centre

Not all the talk at the NHL’s board of governors meeting Monday in Pebble Beach will surround the formal agenda.

Trade talk is also on the table.

With only the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers willing to throw in the towel on making the playoffs, three league executives told QMI Agency this week that the chatter has heated up and those discussions will continue when the 30 teams gather.

The issue: The sad reality few teams have the cap space to do anything and the mistakes that are made in the summer come back to bite you when the season gets underway in October. It can be tough to find your way out from underneath those issues once the battle for playoff spots is officially underway.

“Teams are nervous and they are definitely talking,” a league executive said.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wanted to create parity when the salary cap was brought in during 2005. He wanted the “small market teams” to have an equal opportunity to win as the big spenders.

“We have a cap world with parity but no flexibility,” said the executive. “It’s very difficult for teams to make changes.”

We’ll find out if the talk — on and off the golf course — can lead to action.


21 Responses to Leafs GM Nonis reportedly working phones to find a centre

  1. LN91 says:

    But…Whose available?

    Dubinsky has returned to form back at center after stupid NYR put him on the wing, but is he available?

    Geeze, I would rather have his 4.2 million contract compared to Bozak’s. His contract is crippling.

    • LN91 says:

      Speaking of CBJ, I was surprised on the big strides Ryan Johansen has taken this year…I thought he was going to be a bust, after the Jackets rushed him, but he’s becoming that power center they wanted out of him.

    • TmLeafan says:

      How is Bozak’s contract so crippling? He makes 4 million dollars and was playing really well for a few games before getting injured again, the top line was rolling. You were probably one of the guys who would rather have spent on Steven Weiss this summer. Bozak was the best option available and with the cap going up worst he will be is a 3rd line centre making average money at that position in the coming years.

      Our pk has been in shambles with Bozak out too. It is also interesting to hear how highly his teammates talk about him . Obviously we would rather have a Toews or Thornton as our number 1 centre but its not like those guys are available. Bozak is a way better option than wasting assets to bring in a guy like Dubinsky.

  2. LN91 says:

    Also, big “thumps up” to the work that Jim Nill has done in Dallas. 1) He trade for a first-line/franchise center in Seguin and 2) He took a ‘High boom or big bust’ pick in Nichuskin.

    He could have created a very young, but potentially dominant line for many years to come in one offseason.

    Dallas is obviously not done, they need a big-time D-Men in the top-four and a very good-second line center, but they should have a bright future. I like Brendon Dillon alot.

  3. mapleleafsfan says:

    I’ve liked D’amigo in his call up so far. Brings energy and is a bit of a pest.

    Liles was fairly solid too.

    50 shots against again. I’m not excited for tonight. At least with Kelly and Thornton out (and maybe Marchand too?) their depth isn’t as good as it usually is.

  4. reinjosh says:

    So the Leafs have won 3 games when they’ve allowed 50 or more shots. The rest of the league combined has won 3 games when allowing 50 shots or more.

  5. reinjosh says:

    So I’m going to make the bold (or not depending on your view) prediction that the Leafs will make the playoffs this year.

    Along with that prediction, Kadri will take the oppurtunity of Bozak’s injury to steal the first line center position, Kessel will hit 40 goals for the first time, JVR will hit 30 goals for the first time as well as hitting 70 points, and Phaneuf won’t break 40 points but will play the best hockey of his career.

    Nonis’ big move won’t be afor a center, but rather a dman.

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      The Leafs are making the playoffs, the collective panic button that Leaf Nation hits during the first real slump of the season and well they would hit during a winning streak as well doesn’t change the fact that the Leafs are a dark horse. Maybe not a contender but after what the Leafs showed last post season and the fact they’ve added to the line up, when relatively healthy their not an easy match for anyone in the league.

    • leafmeister says:

      I think it depends on when Bolland is back and in proper form. His presence, particularly on the PK, is very missed. When the Leafs had unreal goaltending and top notch special teams, they could take the shots against. With a lousy PK, goaltending that is coming back to earth, and an overall tendency to take more penalties (thus allowing even more shots), I can’t see the Leafs maintaining this level of play. Unless the PK is addressed in another way, or just finds its game.

      I would very much like to resign Bolland. The silver lining of this injury is that his contract demands could be less, and he may be willing to take a Bozak-esque contract. Unfortunately, with Bozak’s contract as a precedent, I can’t imagine getting a centre on a bargain deal.

      • leemon says:

        I don’t think That Bolland being gone and goaltending coming down to earth as being a reason for a lousy PK and being out shot badly. Its more of a collective problem, and it seems that a lot of players have reverted to old bad habits. such Puck spectating and allowing guys to set up shop in front of the goalie During the PK. And Turn overs due to lazy plays in all three zones. Simply put, The team speed that the leafs were becoming known for is not there. skating the puck down the side boards and countless turn backs allowing the opposition to get back into position takes away from it. And the only way to over come that is to keep your feet moving. Teams now know how to defend it and it shows. Because the leafs are now taking a lot of bad penalties keeping our scorers off the ice. which also keep our shot totals and scoring chances down.

  6. lafleur10 says:

    they are because they defence got and gets exposed easily and if they don’t fix it they’ll be playoff fodder and an easy 1st rd win for the team that plays them …..i think they’ll make it as a wild card team

    • leafs_wallace93 says:

      You’re talking about the Habs that got exposed in playoffs by Ottawa, the Leafs took the Eastern conference champions to the limit.

      • lafleur10 says:

        look at the standings and tell us where we are,and tell me where you are,and tell me which team is better and has the better defence!
        you guys get exposed every game and outplayed,outshot on a nightly basis teams expose you badly and expose your defiencies …we’ve only been outshot in 4 games so far this year
        we got exposed alittle in in the playoffs against ottawa because we were beat up and hurt we were down emelin ,with him back and the changes we’ve made it’s night and day difference…i’m soory to say but you didn’t take the bruins to the limits you choked and a 3-1 lead with ten minutes left and choked,we took them to the limit 2 years back when we lost in game 7 in o.t. to them that’s taking them to the limit not choking like you did last year

  7. leafy says:

    I could have told you this. Nonis is cooking up a blockbuster deal.

  8. leafy says:

    Huge 7 player blockbuster deal for Toronto, but it’s in basketball.

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