Thread: Speculation: Joe Colborne's Potential
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07-12-2012, 10:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Ricky Bobby View Post
Having Colborne develop into a good 3rd liner like Boyle doesn't sound very appealing if you think of it that way.

The real benefit of developing your own Colborne instead of filling that need via UFA is your chances of getting that player at a cheaper rate.

The Rangers having Boyle inked to a 1.7 per million year deal allowed the Rangers cap space to go out and get someone like Brad Richards.

The Leafs having someone like Colborne instead of overpaying for a player with UFA rights might allow us to offer someone like Getzlaf or Perry or Weber that extra million or million and a half.
Yeah, the more NHL-caliber players you can draft and develip yourself, the better. Even if they are mediocre. There's value for the dollar in doing it. Ultimately though, if you're not developing at least a couple of players worth getting excited about, you're not putting yourself ahead of all the other teams that are also developing a handful of average NHLers.

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