Thread: Value of: Jake Gardiner to Toronto?
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05-31-2009, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Hntrmn View Post
By the sounds of it your looking for a forward.. so...

To Anaheim: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Jiri Tlusty
To Toronto: Jake Gardiner, Brian Salcido/Brendan Mikkelson

You pick up a player who is fresh off a 60 point season. He's fairly young at 28, and is signed for one more year at 2 million. He didn't have a ton of icetime... or great linemates to play with. He isn't very physical but he's fast for a bigman, and can work the boards pretty well.

Tlusty got a PPg at the AHL lvl. A great prospect and has potential to be the next Bobby Ryan. (Likely not going to happen though).

In return we get a potential Stud defencman, and another defender that could turn out to be quite a player.
Why would the Leafs give up Tlusty when he is the best forward prospect they have? If anything, they're better off sending Stralman, instead of Tlusty, as a replacement for Gardiner in this deal you're proposing.

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