lol I saw this same interview a few minutes ago...
He said something along the lines of "Why wouldn't Nazem sign a 1 year contract? He's going to train right and have a career year playing with good players, then put the screws to us next year"... Umm... Ok, so if he does have a career year - you literally just threw your negotiating power away by saying this, and if he doesn't live up to expectations (again) what trust have you gained in Toronto Mike?
This just adds to the (quickly growing) list of "I still don't understand what the Leafs are doing":
1. Clean house and commit to a "complete rebuild", while making it public knowledge that the darkest days are still to come, since this type of rebuild requires multiple "impact" (or top 5) draft picks... But it will be done right.
2. Hire Mike Babcock to an 8 year contract - and make him the highest paid in history, because he's "the best coach in the NHL, and a serial winner".
- How can 1 and 2 both be attainable?
3. Draft Mitch Marner (an undersized offence first winger, who probably doesn't fit a Babcock system) - when it was public knowledge Arizona was openly discussing trading out of the #3 spot - which was always going to be Dylan Strome - The 6'3 big bodied franchise center which has absolutely been the Leafs biggest need since Mats Sundin left.
4. Trade Phil Kessel (an undersized offence first winger, who definitely doesn't fit a Babcock system) to Pittsburgh for some used tape... because he needed to go, and then retain $1.2 Million of salary for the next 7 years.
-Why couldn't they trade Kessel and #4 to Arizona for #3 and a similar group of mediocre/replaceable prospects?
5. Come out July 6th and tell us that Nazem Kadri is going to be an elite player - even though he was regularly shopped by Dave Nonis.