Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Leafs’ Ownership Wants To Win

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

“Last year, it became evident there were players who didn’t play to expectations,” Nonis said. “Either they have to, or you change some of them. Our coaches will go with Step 1 for now. Randy Carlyle was very clear about that at the end of last year and will be again in a few days. We had guys who played (hard) 60 games or 55 and that’s not good enough. We’re not deep enough for that.”

That said, Nonis isn’t going to make a bold Burke-style prediction of playoff fortune. He claims he’s not getting that kind of heat from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, at least not yet. He insists all they’ve asked for is tangible evidence of progress in the coming 48-game schedule.

“We have to add pieces,” Nonis said. “Our ownership wants a team that wins — and wins for a long time — that the people will be very proud of. It hasn’t been ‘make the playoffs or else’. In the end, winning and making the playoffs go hand-in-hand.”

Nor can Nonis give up the chase. The notoriously streaky Leafs might use the short schedule to their advantage and just maybe end that seven-season curse that’s denied the Air Canada Centre of playoff revenue.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Comments

Red Winger's avatar

Leafs’ Ownership Wants To Win

LOL…better late than never

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/11/13 at 11:52 AM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

“We have to add pieces,” Nonis said. “Our ownership wants a team that wins — and wins for a long time — that the people will be very proud of. It hasn’t been ‘make the playoffs or else’. In the end, winning and making the playoffs go hand-in-hand.”

Equivocate much?

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 01/11/13 at 02:04 PM ET

Avatar

In the end, winning and making the playoffs go hand-in-hand.”
This displays a firm grasp of situation.

Posted by Cubanpuckstopper on 01/11/13 at 02:10 PM ET

mmuskrat's avatar

Well, Burke often said he didn’t want to just eke into the playoffs.  Sounds nice, but when you’re just rearranging pawns, you can’t make any real progress.  If you’re stuck with pawns, at least start moving across the board to turn them into queens.

METAPHOR BITCHES

Posted by mmuskrat on 01/12/13 at 02:51 AM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

 

image

image