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01-13-2013, 04:37 PM
Join Date: Apr 2012
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I added to the post, re-read it please.
It changes nothing. Kulikov is a fair amount better then Gardiner defensively and Kulikov wasn't getting prime opportunities in Florida, he was playing behind Campbell in the offensive role while Garinder was in the top offensive role when he joined the Leafs.
Kulikov's top absolute top end potential is a top 10 Dman in the NHL, while his likely top end is that of a Top 15-20 Dman in the league, capable of putting up 50 points a season. Dan Boyle comes to mind(Only maybe more of a passer then shooter). Gardiners absolute top end potential is a Top 30 Dman in the NHL, but likely will be a Good #2, capable of 35-40 points a season, but also not as good Defensively as Kulikov.
Kuli is the better player, and there not all that close.
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