Thread: Proposal: Tor - Det
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09-06-2012, 10:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Drew311 View Post
What question marks do you have about Franson? He's a power play trigger man with a very accurate shot. He's an average defender who decided to use his size more effectively once traded to the Leafs. He is what he is, anywhere between a 4th to 7th defenseman, depending on the team he's on.

He was benched so much on the Leafs last season because Wilson wanted Komisarek and Schenn on the ice to provide a physical element, although they were both complete disasters defensively. Franson outplayed both Komi and Schenn by a country mile, it was just a matter of having 4 other defenseman that were better puck movers (Phaneuf, Liles, Gardiner and Gunnarsson).

In the end, he's still a young, useful defenseman on most teams...and yes, he is a proven NHL defenseman. 200 games in 3 seasons is proven.

Franson gets such an unreasonable amount of hate on these boards, simply because he's a relatively expendable member of the Leafs. Yeah, there's nothing particularly special about his game, but there's also no glaring flaws other than the fact that he doesn't use his size as well as he could.

Heck, the only reason he's expendable is because the Leafs would prefer a more defensive minded player alongside their higher priority guys.

As for Detroit's interest -- it should be high. The Wings are a team that thrive on puck possession, which caters towards Franson's game, and are short on blueliners.

Of course, the question then becomes price -- which is where the problem is. Franson isn't actually expendable unless a proven shutdown guy is heading to Toronto. The Red Wings aren't going to part with one. So, you look at the Leafs other needs, and see if it's possible to fill a bigger hole while creating a smaller one, but the Leafs remaining needs are a #1C or #1G. The Red Wings' certainly aren't going to part with one of those. Unless you get into the possibilities of a 3rd team getting involved, there isn't a deal to be had here.

If another team gets Toronto a blueliner at the cost of forward depth (guys like MacArthur, Lombardi, etc.), then that certainly opens doors, as the a forward-for-defence trade would make sense.

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