Power Speculation/Power Poll -Who replaces Bozak on the 1st line?
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10-19-2012, 01:46 PM
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If Bozak does go, I would hope it's Conny. There's no better way to inflate Connellys stats than playing him with Kessel and Lupul. Then dump the bum on deadline day for the best return possible. Decent production + last year of contract + shrinking cap = perfect rental.
I think he's got good trade value without needing to use him as a 1C since there'll be better options.
Based on that logic it would make sense to use Lombardi in the 1C role, since he's in the same boat but has a lot more to prove than Connolly.
Connolly more or less did what everyone expected of him last season, so a team trading for him doesn't need to see him playing on the top line, as no one acquiring him at the deadline will be looking for him to do that.
Connolly is good in the 2C role or 3C role, and can play on the wing.
Lombardi, given good ice-time and stellar linemates, (especially speedsters like Kessel and Lupul) could be made to look amazing, and possibly worthy of his $3.5M cap hit.
Either way those two guys have value this year as they can help teams get under the cap by year's end. (The Leafs might end up being that team... but that's not bad, either).
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