Thread: Value of: Carl Gunnarsson for a forward
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12-21-2012, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by seanlinden View Post
Not quite sure how you interpreted that from what I said.

I said Tim Connolly is a potential .75 point-per-game centre that can add to Bozak's productivity in the #1C role at times.. Would he supplant Krejci? no, but having him+Bozak as the #1C is a lot better for the Leafs than having Komisarek or Franson as the #1 shutdown dman.



No, he really wouldn't. It would come down to whether or not he can convert a couple of his forward assets into somebody that can replace Gunnarsson.

Krejci may be better than Bozak, but he's not good enough to the point where we would be able to stop looking to upgrade the centre position. He does come with a contract that would likely prevent, or at the very least, inhibit us from acquiring a #1 centre though. A deal like this doesn't adequately satisfy any need, but creates another one.

Meanwhile, one of the weakest areas of the team is in the role of shutdown defencemen, and Gunnarsson is our only player in capable of filling that role.

A Gunnarsson-Krejci swap isn't far off... but it isn't something the Leafs are going to add substantially to, and isn't something that can be done in isolation.

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To put it simply...

The Leafs are better off with

Lupul-Bozak-Kessel
MacArthur-Grabo-JvR
McClement-Connolly-Kulemin
Brown-Steckel-Lombardi

Phaneuf-Gunnarsson
Gardiner-Komisarek
Liles-Franson

than they are with

Lupul-Krejci-Kessel
MacArthur-Grabo-JvR
Connolly-Bozak-Kulemin
Brown-Steckel-McClement

Phaneuf- Franson?
Gardiner-Komisarek
Liles-Holzer
lol at bozak as the #1c...in what world are you living in that Bozak as a #1C makes u any kind of a contender for anything other than first pick of Mackinnion?

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