Sometimes the best thing to do is to do nothing at all. Dave Nonis gets that.
Many Toronto hockey fans were anxiously watching their Twitter feed, or the endless live television coverage of the NHL Trade Deadline, waiting to hear about a move that involved the Leafs.
It never came. Some fans were frustrated, believing that General Manager Dave Nonis should have done something to move assets and get key players that could push their beloved Leafs deep into the playoffs. But at what price?
The Leafs are a young team, with a strong core coming into its prime, and locked up for the next several seasons. But Nonis gets it. He has made it clear he will not mortgage the team’s future for short-term solutions and that should be great news for the team’s fans.
There is no debating that the Leafs have assets that can be moved. Jake Gardiner, James Reimer, Dave Bolland (currently injured), Nazem Kadri and Nikolai Kulemin were all mentioned in rumours leading up to yesterday’s deadline, but not traded.
Of course, this doesn’t mean they won’t be moved. Come summer, if Nonis can flip some of those assets for key contributors, controllable players that can help the team for a couple of seasons, he almost certainly will.
Nonis is proving to be as smart a hockey man as he was advertised to be. By making no moves at the deadline, he may have made the smartest decision of the season for Leafs Nation.
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