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11-01-2012, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by FishManSam View Post
I'm sure Couturier does have #1 C potential, but right now that's all it is. He's just like David Steckel right now, strong defensively, weak on offense. So this doesn't meet the Leafs needs at all. IMO Gardiner will only be moved in a package for a proven #1 c-man.

Matt Carle is a bona fide top-4 defenseman (really a #2-3), who performed well (albiet along-side a Hall of Famer) on the Flyers top-pairing through much of the past three seasons.

Dave Steckel is a 4th line face-off specialist who has never topped 20 points in his NHL career.

Your post is not the flip side of the one you were quoting for a very simple reason:

Carle > Gardiner
Couturier < Steckel

I don't think Carle is the appropriate player-type for Gardiner, at least it makes sense to suggest that he might eventually develop into that caliber of player (and perhaps sooner rather than later). You're comparing Couturier (three years younger than Gardiner) to a player who is patently inferior now as well as in the future.

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