He wouldn’t be doing his job as a lead man in the front office of an NHL team if he wasn’t listening to every call and making more than a few of his own.
But it’s almost as if David Nonis can’t lose in this his first trade deadline as the general manager of the Maple Leafs.
Deal for some depth help and he’s helping load up for a long-awaited return to the post-season.
Upgrade the goaltending — depending on the cost — and he’s making sure the team has insurance if James Reimer gets hurt or suddenly is sent in a tailspin before his first NHL playoff run.
Do nothing and he’s allowing the young team to continue its impressive development both on the ice and off.
The reason Nonis can be calm and cool on a day where not all GMs have that luxury is because trade deadline day is like no other around the Leafs in recent memory.