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Lou Lamoriello Won’t Play The “What If” Game

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

He says he won’t think about the possibility of drafting Auston Matthews first overall, the probability of Steven Stamkos’ availability in free agency, the opportunity left behind by the Maple Leafs new-found salary cap flexibility.

“I’m not even thinking about where we pick in the draft,” said Lamoriello in a lengthy exclusive conversation on Wednesday. “You plan for every possibility. You prepare. You never know what might come about.

“The thing you can’t do is jump ahead of yourself. I work very hard at not thinking that way. You can’t get wrapped up in ‘what if?’ (Last June’s draft and how close the Leafs came to Connor McDavid) is a great example of why you don’t get yourself wrapped up in that. You can’t have an idealist attitude, you need a realistic approach. I worry about today and tomorrow. That’s how I think. I’m not worried about next week, yet. We have an awful lot of work to do here.

“If you think this is easy, I can tell you, it’s not.”

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