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07-31-2012, 03:26 PM
Delivering The Truth
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I would be on board (more than on board actually) with the first 3 trades.

However, while I like Niklas Hjarmalsson, I would prefer to retain Tyler Bozak and Korbinian Holzer.

Bozak is only 26, and is coming off the most productive season of his young career. He has shown upward offensive progression his first 3 NHL seasons, and would have hit 20G-50pts if he had played the full season last year. Furthermore, he isn't afraid to hit, is strong at faceoffs and shares great chemistry with our team's best sniper in Phil Kessel.

Holzer is only 24, has great size 6'3 210lbs and was a dominating defensive force with the Marlies all year helping lead the team to the Calder Cup finals as a top pairing defenseman. He was drafted by Toronto in 2006 and has been patiently groomed in our system. He's only set to be paid .575M next year and will likely only receive a small pay increase ~1M+ after he becomes an RFA next offseason. I think that Holzer will make a smooth transition to the NHL and should be a cheap and effective defensive defenseman for the Leafs.

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