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Leafs GM Nonis: ‘What we have right now is what we’re going to start with’

Jul 22, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

Dave Nonis AP

The Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t exactly blow anyone’s doors off in free agency this summer and for some fans, that might be a good thing. One thing they shouldn’t expect are any further moves.

Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis talked about the team’s less-than exciting offseason says what you see is what you get as Sean Fitz-Gerald of The National Post shared.

“There’s still a couple little pieces there that we may have interest in,” Nonis said. “But we’ll see. There’s a few players where we’ve kicked the tires, and we’ll see if there’s a fit. But by and large, what we have right now is what we’re going to start with.”

The Leafs just re-signed defenseman Cody Franson to a one-year contract on Monday and took care of some business in free agency by bringing back Leo Komarov and Matt Frattin and adding Stephane Robidas, Mike Santorelli, and Petri Kontiola. They still have restricted free agents Jake Gardiner and James Reimer left to get new deals done with.

If there’s a player where there might be some action around it’s Reimer. He requested a trade after last season, but after the goalie market settled out early in free agency, there aren’t many options for him left unless he wants to be a backup.

Essentially, the Leafs are bringing back a team that finished 12th in the Eastern Conference last season. At least being in the East gives them a puncher’s chance.

  1. bsaures - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Anyone else get the feeling that it is going to be another long season for leaf fans ?

    • jhmiddleton81 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      I mean honestly, as a Leafs fan, our GM over values our players, the only guys who are untouchable to me are: Kessel, JVR, Gardiner, Rielly, Bernier, and Komarov (Yes, Komarov is that good of a pest). They need an injection of an elite talent, so I am not opposed to being absolutely horrible this year and getting a much needed top 2 center or top 2 defenseman (McDavid, Eichel, Strome, Koenecny, White, Zacha, Barzal, Hanifin, and Kylington) The draft next year is absolutely loaded with talent and the Leafs need a legit superstar outside of Kessel to become a contender (need a Toews for our Kane (Kessel))

    • withseidelinn - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      I think if they have a rough year they will start to move assets. Basically build around Kessel, JVR, Bernier, Gardiner, Kadri and Rielly. Guys like Lupul, Bozak, etc. will start to be moved for picks/young guys.

    • lakeshoreleafsfan - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      No. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the season

  2. packerswin96 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Trying their darndest for the 1st overall pick next season. Of course they will fail at that as well.

    • jhmiddleton81 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      I mean a top 5 pick is fine with me, the draft is absolutely stacked with talent next year

    • govtminion - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Oh, I don’t know… I think they’ll surprise hockey fans this season with their performance.

      …which is to say they’ll finish in 10th place, not get a playoff spot, and pooch themselves on getting that good draft pick, because LEAFS.

      • 19to77 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        Don’t you mean Flames? That was Calgary’s strategy for like a decade running.

      • govtminion - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        Oh sure, but there’s signs of life in Calgary now (not MUCH, but a little). Someone has to take up that mantle of ‘bad enough to miss the show, good enough to not get good picks’. Why not the Leafs?

      • 19to77 - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        True thing, true thing. The Flames have actually started tanking whether they like it or not. And that’s actually a good sign because unless you’re the Edmonton Oilers it can only get better from there.

  3. i1theinternet - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    “Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis talked about the team’s less-than exciting offseason says what you see is what you get as Sean Fitz-Gerald of The National Post shared.”


  4. Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    I’m actually more excited for this season than I’ve been in a awhile. We finally get to see some of the prospects get a shot. I’m glad they didn’t let Nonis overpay some depth guy and are leaving roster spots open for some prospects to crack the lineup.

    I hope we get to see Connor Brown at some point. Won the OHL equivalent of the Hart and Art Ross last year. Nylander would be nice to see too. Here’s hoping they show up big in preseason.

    I was hoping to not see Dion Phaneuf back, but he’s like the golden ticket in the McDavid-Eichel sweepstakes, so it might not be a completely bad thing. We’ll see.

  5. jl9830 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Think about it, Leafs fans: one more bad season could get you McDavid or Eichel. If I was a Leafs fan, I’d be ok with that strategy.

    • dueman - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      That’s just sad….How can you be a fan of a team and wish for them to lose?

      • beergold - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        He is a fan and a realist Doo and likely doesn’t live in his Mom’s basement!

  6. Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    This article looks funny now that they just signed David Booth for a season.

    “ok… NOW what we have is what we’re going to start with”

    • lakeshoreleafsfan - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      I purposely came here to type just that. You beat me to it

      Unless: “…until we sign somebody else and THEN what we have is what we’re going to start with…”
      **pre-emptive strike*** lol

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