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05-27-2012, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Mika Zibanejad View Post
Gunnarsson is the most consistent defenceman the Leafs have had for quite some time.

He's far from flashy but very affective and reliable. You need to watch him play to understand the value he has.

The Leafs are going to be adapting to the Randy Carlyle system. It's more focused on defensive play and grit. The thinking is that this system will lower the GA rate. Though Gunnarsson is a fan favourite and a rock, you have give to get.

Kulemin and Gunnarsson adds a top 6 forward and a top 4 defenceman. Both around 25 years of age.

Kulemin is Toronto's best defensive forward and Gunnarsson is Toronto's best defensive defenceman.
That was my nice way of saying it's not nearly enough.

We don't need defensive forwards, and Gunnarson, while a nice player, isn't the calibre (or type - we need more bruisers) of defenseman we'd need.

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