Thread: Proposal: New Jersey - Toronto
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01-26-2013, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by britdevil View Post
Agreed. I don't think he does. But he is most definitely better than the majority of defenders on the Leafs blue line. Not even sure if that's debatable. My apologies if the Leafs intend to continue building.

I don't even want to see Tallinder traded. He's a very good #4 on NJ. Problem is, so is Volchenkov, Zidlicky, Larsson and Harrold can play effective #6 minutes. Tallinder plays a skillset that can be replaced by Larsson, Greene, Fayne and to an extent Salvador.

I understand that Kulemin is highly regarded by Leafs fans. Two years off a 30 goal season. But the fact that he was 7th in TOI/G for the Leafs last season (not to mention only 7 goals) does somewhat lower his trade value.
That is exactly why Toronto doesn't make the deal. We believe he can regain his former numbers, and value that higher than 34 yr old defenseman. Especially considering Tallinder doesn't garentee us playoffs.

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