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10-20-2012, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Numbers View Post

Connolly, colbourne, Kadri, 1st



Toronto only needs one more piece to start becoming a contender and that is #1 centre. Colbourne and Kadri certainly do not project that way and I think Toronto fans will agree. They also do not look likely to displace grabovski or bozak. Absolutely no impact players lost for Toronto.

Connolly helps fill a short term need and is a full rental and cap dump for T.O. Kadri and colbourne help build prospect pool but neither are going to make a big impact anytime soon.
Way too much. As for Connolly's contract..

Connolly has 1 year left on his deal. Unless Burke plans to acquire a player or a combination of players worth up to $4.7 million after the trade, trading solid long term assets just to get rid of a player who's slated to be a UFA in 2013 doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Even if Toronto doesn't give VC any salary back in a Luongo trade, Burke will still have up to $2 million+ in cap space after the season starts. Cap space for the upcoming season (assuming the current CBA is in place or the new NHL offer), and overpaid players with 1 year remaining on their contracts are not a problem at this point.

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