Thread: Rumor: Pens eyeing Kulemin
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02-06-2013, 08:00 PM
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Originally Posted by KIRK View Post
You mentioned this earlier, so I'll ask you:

Could you, as a Leafs fan, see Nonis doing Kulemin + Holzer for Kennedy + Despres?

As a Pens fan, I could see Shero doing that when Niskanen returns.

Most Pens fans would be steamed, I think, and I'd be far from happy myself, but I really could see Shero making a deal like the one you floated.
Realistically, yes. Certainly not easy to give up a guy who's proven the ability to score 30 goals with size, but if he's not going to do that again for our franchise, his value may be best used elsewhere.

To me, the question isn't so much about value or impact on the team, it's about how Despres fits into the team, it's whether or not he can be molded into a shutdown defenceman that fits into our long term organizational need on the blueline. If Nonis feels that is the case, then yes, it's probably a deal that makes sense. The Leafs would position themselves to have one of the youngest and highest upside bluelines in the league next year with Phaneuf, Gunnarsson, Gardiner, Despres, Liles & Rielly, and still have access to Kennedy who's your prototypical versatile checking line forward.

As for Pens fans being 'steamed', that's generally what happens in hockey trades. They're never no-brainers.

Originally Posted by marty111 View Post
Hate it.
Realistically, Sutter isn't the guy we should be targeting. The guy is not anywhere near ready to be a #1C in this league, and would be no appreciable upgrade over Bozak in the position. Sure, he'd be an upgrade on Kadri in the #3 position, but (at least from my perspective) the idea of having a highly skilled 3rd line playing behind Grabovski seems to be a pretty good idea. You could target him to replace Grabovski, but are the Leafs really in a position to lose experience at centre?? Plus, he hasn't shown anywhere near the offensive output that Grabovski has.... something that is probably pretty important with Bozak/Kadri as the other 2 centres.

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