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07-12-2012, 10:51 PM
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1 Hudler is not strong on the puck at all
2 Filppula is a playmaker and has outscored Bozak with inferior line mates, and Tim Connolly doesn't work if u keep the two together. So he's pretty much an upgrade to what you have regardless.
3 Just because we said Filppula is responsible defensively doesn't mean he just stays in his zone the whole time, he's definitely not as passive as u seem to think
on the second point, filppula's line mates were hudler/cleary and zetterberg, fail to see how playing with Zetterberg is a downgrade from anyone the leafs have.
another thing id like to touch on (not directed at wingz rule): Im seeing lots of stat comparisons to make a point. lets get things clear here, detroit is a much better team then toronto at the moment, so throwing out +/- comparisons doesnt make any sense. Points wise toronto as a team had 17 less goals for and 61 more GA. A swing of 78 points.
filppula, without zetterberg, was a 35-40 point player; Id say he still has a lot to prove. so to anyone claiming filppula is a HUGE improvement over what we have, id have to say theres definitely room for debate there.
could he be what the leafs need between kessel and lupul? sure, but so could kadri (or apparently JVR). its definitely a risk to give up this much for an unknown quantity.
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