Dave Morrison's draft tendencies

Justin Fisher
June 25 2013 08:51AM

With the 2013 NHL Entry Draft less than a week away, we're going to take a few minutes to profile not one of the draft eligible players, but the man who's running the show for the Leafs - Dave Morrison.

An old hand from the John Ferguson Jr. era, Morrison was promoted to Director of Amateur Scouting in 2006. 

In 2013, it's fair to say that Morrison's first few shots at the draft were successful, despite lacking a number of early round picks. How successful? Read on... 

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - June 24, 2013 - "Leafs Get Bernier"

Steve Dangle
June 24 2013 03:05PM

Steve and Adam sneak into the studio after midnight to record a super late (or early podcast), talking about the big Jonathan Bernier trade to the Leafs, and Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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Dion Phaneuf in play?

Cam Charron
June 24 2013 01:21PM

I generally try to avoid these types of posts, but it seems like a lot of the hockey world is talking about the amount of movement that should start tomorrow if the Chicago Blackhawks are able to close out the Stanley Cup Final with a win tonight.

Dave Nonis said yesterday that he expects to make more moves prior to free agency opening on July 5. As long as Nonis is looking to add his pieces via trades rather than free agency, he's on the right path. There are a couple of good buys in the UFA and RFA markets, but adding your best pieces in free agency is one of the best ways to get hamstrung with a bad salary cap situation. Given how many teams have to work to get under the cap, there are going to be lots of players available on the trade market and in buyouts, and the Leafs are in a decent cap position, even with $3.425M going to Colton Orr, Darcy Tucker, Colby Armstrong and the salaries of Ben Scrivens and Matt Frattin, so they can buy during this window.

I disagree fundamentally with the traits in hockey players that Nonis values, but at least he's looking to add to his team during the right window. There's that? Apparently, Dion Phaneuf is in play.

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Sober second thoughts: Jonathan Bernier a gamble Leafs didn't need to make

Cam Charron
June 24 2013 11:30AM

There are still a lot more moves for the Toronto Maple Leafs this summer, but I'm wondering if any will be met with the polarized reaction of the Jonathan Bernier trade. My initial reaction was the same as Emily's. The Maple Leafs have been looking for a goaltender for years and years, and they finally had one come up through the system that was good enough to take the team to the playoffs and all of a sudden he's no longer good enough?

Troubling to me is that Dave Nonis has been pulling strings on a Bernier trade all season and decided now was the time to do it. Nothing he saw during last season convinced him that James Reimer was a goaltender who deserved at least a shot at a starting job during an 82-game season.

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Why James Reimer Deserves Better

Emily G
June 24 2013 09:48AM

As I'm sure everyone is well aware by now, on Sunday afternoon the Toronto Maple Leafs traded Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin, and a second round pick to the Los Angeles Kings for their back-up goalie, Jonathan Bernier.

There are two ways we can look at this trade: we can see it as a trade for a back-up goaltender, in which case the price paid by the Leafs is far too high, or we can see it for what it more likely is: a trade for a goalie who is going to compete with James Reimer for (or perhaps just be handed) the starting role in net for the 2013-2014 season.
 
If the latter is true (and it seems like it is), this is a senseless trade that will improve the team marginally or not at all.

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