2013 Leafs Trades/Proposals/Signings Version III
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02-02-2013, 10:10 AM
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In every defensive statistical category? One stat that he definitely isn't even in the discussion is penalty killing because he isn't trusted to do it.
Zajac had one bad year and was injured for pretty well all last year. The two years prior he had superior offensive numbers, is trusted to be one of their top PK guys and has more size (which is still an asset). He also got paid UFA wages so I don't consider that an ideal comparison.
Krejci was the # 2 center on the Cup winning Bruins who have been one of the best defensive units in the league for quite a few years where he is trusted to be one of their top PKers. He has the edge once again.
I'd also rather use guys like M. Richards, Benn, Kane, Krejci and Sharp as comparables.
Grabo works his butt off which is great to watch as a fan but a lot of the time he looks like he's doing more then he actually is. Grabo is also 29 and with how he skates around with his head down all the time I don't trust him to not be playing at the same level in years 3, 4 and 5 of that contract.
The Leafs need size and an edge in their top six. For years I've heard we can't loss this guy or that secondary guy then they just get older and less productive like Darcy Tucker.
In recent seasons I've heard we can't loss Ian White and a couple seasons ago we can't loss Kulemin. Now some people which we had of traded Kulemin at a high value point. Lately it's been we can't ever loss Gunnarson despite long term having Phaneuf, Gardner, Rielly, Liles, Ranger (potentially) and Finn all as left side D.
For once I'm saying why don't we trade the best player at a high value point (deadline) because we have his replacement in Kadri. Take whatever we get from Grabo and head into the off-season/draft and truly look at making a big deal because we'd be stocked up on the assets people look for in the off-season (cheap young contracts, picks in the first 2 rounds). And if we fail with that plans their isn't much downside as we just sign a Weiss or Roy who are in the same league as Grabo. Roy was a PPG player prior to his knee being injured so the jury is still out on him but he also won't be getting 5.5 a year.
Other teams trade their better players all the time and come out better for it because they gain assets and cap flexibility. Why can't we?
Kadri's play is making Grabo more and more expendable, also Bozak's for that matter. If Leafs can get Weiss to agree to a contract to the Leafs, I would deal for him at the deadline, he's exactly the veteran type of Center this team needs. If we are in a position of drafting Monahan this summer there will be no room for Grabo or Bozak at Center next season. Think Monahan can step into the NHL as a 18 year old. Looking down the road and not presently is the prudent thing to do.
+1 about Zajac, he's in a class above any centre we have on the roster right now, not sure why posters try to distract from this by one bad injured season.
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