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01-08-2013, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Mess View Post
Franson was 7th defensman spare part on a 25th overall placed team and a healthy scratch for 1/2 of last season.

How much value that holds is in the eye of the beholder.. James Reimer, Matt Frattin or Korbian Holzer are examples of former Leaf 4th round picks, does Franson have more value to the team then any similar 4th round picks?

While money is money, not only did Lombardi cost the Leafs $7 mil contract they bought, but he lead the Leafs in the worst +/- at -19 last year and perhaps you care because that is one of the reason Leafs finished 5th last overall in the standings, by what effect he had negatively on the team by playing.

His addition also cost players like Kadri demotions to the AHL, because he occupied their roster spot instead, as a trickle down effect. Perhaps you care about that ?

So taking on bad contract(s) is not always a good idea nor is it advantages to your team as this deal has proven for the Leafs.
At the time of the trade, Franson was a highly rated defensive prospect and there was some serious doubt as to whether Lambo would ever play again.

Both are much more valuable than Lebda any day of the week. It's a trade you make if you can every day of the week.

It is also a perfect example of Burke using our financial clout to our advantage which was the point being made.

If you wanna start a thread regarding Franson's current value, I will be glad to join you there and argue it until I turn blue in the face.

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