The Luongo Thread: We're doing 65, so we should be there in a billion years...
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07-31-2012, 11:52 PM
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Bolland is a nice piece, but how does he perform when he's not playing against the Sedins? I think his offensive numbers dip a bit (playoff numbers). He's still a nice luxury.
I don't know if I prefer Hjalmarsson over Ballard, but having them both on the bottom pairing and forcing one to play out of position doesn't sound like a good move to me.
If you can perform against the best offensive and defensive team in the NHL, going head to head with Art Ross winners there's no reason you shouldn't be able to win other tough matchups. The Canucks aren't the only team Bolland has played well against come playoff time.
There are still teams needing to spend a fair bit of money to get to the cap floor - a handful of them also need defensemen. I would deal Ballard or Hjalmarsson, depending on the offers. Could see Hjalmarsson garnering a decent top 9 forward.
I don't see any realistic roster player targets out of Toronto or Florida that would trump a return of David Bolland. If you can get him, you do it IMO. Especially when you consider Kesler has been healthy once in the last 4 years we've been in the playoffs. There needs to be insurance in case his body can't hold up and I don't see anyone on our roster or in the pipeline that could fill that void.
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