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08-02-2009, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by dybbuk View Post
Umm, Stralman is IMMEDIATE help now? Really? There's no certainty he makes their lineup and if he does it won't be in a top four position (like Grabo was in a top six spot). I don't think you can compare the two.
Well if posters around here are correct and Stralman must clear waivers this year, then Calgary giving up a 2nd round pick must suggest they feel that Stralman will be a part of the Flames teams this year. Like Grabo and Leafs giving up a 2nd round for him they were not going to toss him on waivers but essentially guaranteed him a roster spot irrelevant of play.. If he can be sent to the AHL without waivers then that changes the situation greatly as the need to trade him.

It will be interesting to see what Anton does and this is playing behind a defense that already includes Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Robyn Regehr.

It should be surprising, if he is good enough to play on the Flames but not good enough to play on the Leafs.. This considering Calgary is Cup contender and Leafs are rebuilding and at different stages presently of their Teams cycles. Then again Burke had counted Stralman himself among his depth on D and 10 NHL level defenders thus the trade.

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