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01-08-2013, 02:34 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.
Franson has more value than Frattin and Holzer, yeah. He was the 7th man because he was brought in to play the left side (instead of his usual right side) and a kid called Jake Gardiner stepped in and took his roster spot. Perhaps you've heard of him?

& when Franson was playing regular minutes he had a decent enough stretch where he played exceptional hockey. The fact of the matter is that Komisarek is the one legitimately blocking Franson from being used effectively. That's the real issue here.

We could trade Franson right now and he'd bring back more than a fourth round pick.

Kadri wasn't being held back from the NHL by Franson. He was being held back by getting injured after having a great training camp and having his roster spot unjustly stolen and held by an average at best prospect in Frattin that did little to earn or impress in his overly lengthy time on the Leafs. That was pure incompetence on the hands of a now fired coach (praise the lord).

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