The Luongo Thread: Another Brick in the Wall Edition
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11-23-2012, 12:22 AM
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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.
Bozak's best has paled in comparison to Connolly's best. There is no reason to believe that will change anytime soon. Being younger doesn't equate to better, especially for a team in Vancouver's position.
Gillis and co. have made it known Jordan Schroeder is a serious candidate for the role of 3rd line centre. They wouldn't do so if the coaching staff was unwilling to ice a skilled player on that line. There has been an offensive player at 3C for 3 of the last 4 years - 2 with Wellwood, 1 with Hodgson and 1 with Malhotra...
Not to mention, Malhotra could still fill the same role he did in '10-11 with Connolly on the 3rd line. It would just make the 4th line the shutdown line. I would take 3 offensive lines and a shutdown line over 2 offensive lines, a shutdown line and a grinding, no offense line every day of the week.
Bozak will never garner Tim Connolly money. He's just an inferior player.
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