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07-11-2012, 09:27 PM
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u should probably notice Filppula is better offensively and defensively than Kulemin a a winger as well so you still upgrade over Kulemin. As a center he has all the skills to compliment Kessel (responsible defensively, play making ability, speed). You're also getting Quincey who is better offensive but worse defensively to help ease the loss of him, so it's not like a total loss there.
Kulemin isn't our #1 centre, so there's no comparison to be made there. The tradeoff is between Filppula and Connolly/Bozak/JvR. Defensive awareness (above a respectable level) does not factor in because to effective, it would require Kessel/Lupul to think defensively and they don't do that.
The Leafs upgrade at centre needs to focus on offence and/or size, as the only way they're going to fix their +/- is to be more dominant with the puck.
The Leafs have plenty of offensive blueliners, they need to be a little more physical.
As for the comparsion between Kulemin and Filppula. We'll keep Kulie. He's proven capable of scoring 30 goals in this league. He's excellent defensively and provides much needed size up front for us. We've already got 6 centres.
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