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Why Dave Nonis' Leafs deal makes sense

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10:22 AM ET 07.28 | The noise over the length of Dave Nonis' new deal was just that, noise. Every general manager in hockey today should start with a five-year deal. It takes that long to see the fruits of your first or second drafts develop. In these salaried cap times, that's the best way to do business, so long as you believe in the general manager ... Is Nonis the best general manager in Canada? No. But in a field that includes Jay Feaster, Mike Gillis, Craig MacTavish, Kevin Chevaldayoff and Marc Bergevin, I'll happily take Nonis.

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July 28, 2013  10:25 AM ET

Drafts are not the only way to construct a team. Five years seems awfully long to see if things pan out.

July 28, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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after signing his 5 year deal Davey tries on one of Burkie's old suits

I'm glad you didn't say it was the new goalie mask:)

July 28, 2013  11:10 AM ET

I'm just wondering why the Toronto Sun didn't say something to the effect of how much of an upgrade they got from the irked one.

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July 28, 2013  01:12 PM ET

Igno-nonad Bum with a five year contract.

July 28, 2013  02:39 PM ET

"Why Dave Nonis' Leafs deal makes sense"

What is .... they couldn't persuade John Ferguson Junior to come back and be their GM?

July 28, 2013  06:21 PM ET

"Is Nonis the best general manager in Canada?"


So... the Leafs can only hire a GM who is currently employed as a GM in a Canadian city???

July 28, 2013  07:00 PM ET
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Drafts are not the only way to construct a team. Five years seems awfully long to see if things pan out.

A couple of points.

The Leafs were blowing things up. So, 5 years is not long at all. Heck, the Kings built for close to 9 years before winning. The Pens and Hawks each spent at least as long drafting Toews, Kane, Crosby, Malkin, Letang, etc....

Secondly, the days of a quick rebuild are done with the salary cap. You cannot simply sign guys at random like old times. Free agents are still getting huge bucks/term (see Clarkson). You simply cannot afford many of them. Look at all the quality teams in the NHL, the blueprint is quite similar, draft and develop and supplement useful players through free agency. This takes a while.

July 28, 2013  08:19 PM ET

I wish the Leafs the best of luck and more trips to the playoffs........but I do not want to see Nonis' "fruits"

 
July 29, 2013  10:30 AM ET
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after signing his 5 year deal Davey tries on one of Burkie's old suits

Isn't that Don Cherry getting ready to do a segment with Ron MacLean for Coach's Corner?

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