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11-22-2012, 10:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Drop the Sopel View Post
Connolly is coming off a poor season but he's still a guy that has averaged 63P/82G over the last 6 years. Connolly, not unlike Tanguay when the Flames signed him coming off a bad year could be a good gamble to take. The last 2 years for Connolly haven't been his best but he was close to a PPG centre the 4 previous years, in injury shortened seasons.

You have to look at what type of minutes our 3rd line centre will see when determining who is of more use, Connolly or Bozak. Kesler being on the 1st PP unit means we need our 3rd line centre to carry the 2nd PP unit - this is a role Connolly has filled in the past, one in which Bozak just can't. The Canucks also have Kesler, Lapierre and Malhotra to utilize in defensive situations - they don't need the 3rd line to play shutdown minutes and would be better served using that trio to help chip in offense IMO - another area Connolly would likely be more reliable than Bozak.

It's just no comparison for me between these 2. One of them has the ability to play like an impact player, the other just doesn't. Slightly more risk with Connolly, much more reward.
First straight Value wise, one is a cap dump, the other out played him, and garnered first line minutes, he is younger has more upside, and we know Gillis tried to get him out of school.

You hit the nail on the head with Connelly, when not injured. Offensive player, does this sound like the type of player AV likes playing as 3rd line center?

Kesler had his most productive year when Manny was playing all the defensive minutes Kes normally does. He fits the mold much better of what the Canucks look for in a 3rd line center, and when the team played it's best.

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