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01-25-2013, 11:56 AM
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Waterloo, ON
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Leafs defence as stands:
Phaneuf, Kostka, Gardiner, Rielly, Percy, Blacker. All players who are above average offensively, albeit some may not be ready for the jump. But as I said, these scenarios as prime only if the Leafs are out of contention. No need to have Liles in that scenario, where a team like the Wings could really use him.
Having offensive ability and being able to carry the puck out of our own zone is not the same thing. Out of the guys you mentioned, only Gardiner and Liles have the ability to do that effectively, and consitently. Dion is pretty decent at it, but he is not your ideal puckmover.
Those prospects have that PMD potential, but none of them are ready. We need to wait until one of them shows they are capable of handling the puck moving duties at the NHL first. It's not like Liles' value is sky high at the moment. Even if we are out of contention, dealing him for a late 1st/2nd doesnt make any sense to me, seeing how we can probably get the same thing a year from now. Another advantage with waiting is that if Liles picks up his game in the meantime, we can get some more value out of him. So far, it looks like his legs are back. He should be able to have a 20-25 pt season.
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