Should the Toronto Maple Leafs "Blow it up"?
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01-28-2013, 04:32 PM
Delivering The Truth
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Location: Mississauga, Ontario
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Grabovski is getting paid $5.5 million. You think a genuine, legitimate #1 center is only worth $500k more? Lets be realistic.
Grabovski is one of the top #2 centers in the league with the ability to hit 30G-30A with good linemates or simply carry a line with poor wingers.
Who says we absolutely NEED a Ryan Getzlaf at 7M or the like. Why can't we go with a 1A-1B system like many other great teams (St.Louis, Nashville, Boston, Colorado..etc)? Stephen Weiss is a free agent this season and he would fit in perfectly on our team. He's a guy who has put up Grabovski like + numbers, hitting 60pts 2x and 28G before as well. He was also great in his first playoff appearance last season with the Panthers. Put him between two great wingers in Kessel and Lupul and he shouldn't have any trouble producing -- just look at Bozak for example, who vastly over exceeds his offensive potential by playing with top-end wingers.
What really makes Weiss even more intriguing is his ability to PK and defensive ability that would surely stabilize an admittedly weak defensive line. Weiss hails from Toronto, is in his prime years (29years old) and has literally publicly stated in the past if he were to be traded he would only accept one to Toronto. He is currently being paid 3.1M and an upgrade to 5.75-6M would certainly be acceptable for him.
In many ways, Weiss is like a rich-mans Bozak and that is certainly something I would welcome on this squad.
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