Thread: Proposal: Leafs-Flyers
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12-16-2012, 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by tmlhockeyfan View Post
What exactly would be a fair trade for Simmonds?

Frattin+Blacker?
MacArthur+3rd?
Grabovski?
Kulemin+Blacker?

I know they don't need picks... but just trying to find something.
(a) Frattin & Blacker are both okay prospects, but neither provides something the Flyers need. Frattin is like a slightly worse Matt Read, while Blacker is only marginally better than the Flyers' crop of guys like Gustafsson, Manning, and Bourdon. No go.

(b) MacArthur is much less valuable than Simmonds. A 3rd round pick doesn't come close to closing the gap.

(c) The Leafs would have to be stupid to trade their best center for Simmonds. The Flyers wouldn't make this deal either - we are loaded with centers.

(d) Kulemin just had a horrible season. Blacker doesn't bridge the gap between Kulemin and Simmonds.

If the Leafs want Simmonds, they'll have to give up something more valuable that the Flyers actually need. Jake Gardiner comes to mind. I know Leafs fans are high on Gardiner, and for good reason, but Simmonds likely wouldn't be traded for anyone else.

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