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08-01-2012, 12:48 AM
Drop the Sopel
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Originally Posted by Socratic Method Man View Post
It's easier to find 3rd liners and 3rd pairing dmen then it is to find star players. If we deal Luongo to Chicago without getting a star player back, then Chicago will find a way to fill out their depth, and then they will be a team full of stars, with depth, and with a star goalie. It would not be a good thing.

Not to mention if we give up a star goalie for a third liner we lose the trade big time, imo, regardless of the fact that it's Chicago.
It's easy to find 3rd liners, it's just not easy to find 3rd liners anywhere close to Dave Bolland. He's arguably the best in the business in that role.

Bolland has been every bit the impact player as Luongo has the last handful of years in the playoffs IMO. We don't lose that trade if Bolland performs in the playoffs anywhere close to where he has over the course of his career.

Bolland has scored at a 50 point pace twice in his career in the regular season and over a 60 point pace in his career in the playoffs. IMO his ability is more in line with that of a 2nd line centre than that of a 3rd line centre. He's just so strong in defensive situations that his coach likes to put him out for a lot of defensive zone faceoffs going head to head with the opposition's best players.

I have yet to hear any names of roster players from Toronto or Florida that would add more to our team than Bolland. And I've posed the question a half dozen times...

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