Thread: Value of: Bolland to Edmonton
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06-02-2012, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Jeffrey Lebowski View Post
I've been advocating it for a couple years now... but I think Bolland can be a 2nd line center. He has just never gotten a fair shake at it because he's "so good defensively" that apparently he's not able to carry his defensive play to a scoring role either...
From an outsider's POV, he could be a consistent 50-60 point producer on the second line but Q seems to be incredibly set in his ways in labeling players and his almost OCD approach to line matching. Much like the Staal in Pittsburgh argument his other attributes are masked by his role but unlike the Pens it's not because of the centers playing ahead of him.

Originally Posted by ManByng View Post
much better defensive game? how often have you seen him play? Gagner was +5 this year on a 29th place team. Gagner also can play in all situations and can move up to #1 center when needed. there really isn't an upgrade here for the Oilers.
Seriously? Gagner is not even close to being Bolland's class defensively. If he'd chalked up a +5 in a shutdown center role that'd be one thing but he didn't play that role.

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