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11-17-2012, 08:29 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
The big thing about this deal?
Gleason is a solid defensive defenseman. Pushing this deal through in the OP would likely make the regular PK defensemen Kronwall, Ericsson, Gleason, and Quincey/White. That's a heck of a lot better than Kronwall, Ericsson, Quincey, and White as the foursome.
Larose is also a solid winger who can produce offensively, while playing a decent defensive game. The biggest loss by trading Franzen would be size, not skill. And Franzen doesn't really use his size the way he could or should. While Larose is 5'10", Franzen plays like he is 5'10".
And using Drew Miller and Brian Rafalski as examples, players who come home to the Detroit area improve their play because of closeness to home. So that's another benefit.
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