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12-11-2012, 09:22 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
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Gardiner is a top 4 defenceman, or at least very close to it right now (or at least was last year). Loktionov is anything but an "exceptionally solid defensive 3rd liner" -- he simply played on a great defensive game.
What he's done at the AHL is irrelevant to whether or not he'd surpass players on the Leafs depth chart immidiately. He definitely provides a different game than Steckel, but that doesn't say anything about who is better in a 4th line role. Personally, I'll lean to having one of the league's top faceoff guys on my 4th line over a project centre. In context of McClement, Lokti might do things similar to him, but we've already got him.
As for replacing Connolly / Lombardi, no, he wouldn't in a 2013 season if it's to be played. He's an inferior player. In the context of a 2013-2014 seeason, yeah, he's cheaper. But in the situation where we're looking at retaining one of those guys, we're looking at Tyler Bozak and Mikhail Grabovski as the team's 1-2 centres. That's simply unacceptable. Given that this must change at basically any cost, chances are that role won't be available anyways. The only way it would make sense to take on Lokti is if the plan was definitely to move Bozak and get a #1C, but you certainly don't count your chickens before they hatch.
As a simple question... let's see your proposed centre depth where Lokti is in the top 4... for 2013 (if a season is to be played)... and the 2013-2014 season... then ask yourself if that is actually a good idea.
I give up, the fact that you refuse to see the value is ridiculous and your reasons are even worse... I won't argue any more your right and every leaf fan in this thread is an idiot.
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