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12-17-2003, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by eazye
Yes I am! This team needs a major change and with the surplus of centers, I think Bonk should be the one to go. Bonk is a floater and can be very inconsistent from time to time. Spezza has shown in the last couple of games that he is the number 1 center. He has displayed his offensive brillance at times and his defensive play is getting better. Do you trade, just in case Alfredsson leaves via UFA next year. Do you trade a, because of injury problems. White won't get you much and Smolinski was signed as an UFA so he shouldn't be traded. That leaves Bonk and his salary of 3.6M and Ricci makes less money right now (about 2.5M salary). Free up some money to pick up another piece of the puzzle for the playoff run. This is just my opinion but I think this team needs more veteran leadership and guys that have won before. Ricci is one of those guys. San Jose will want something back of equal value and I think Bonk is that guy. Bonk has more offensive skills but Ricci has more Heart and that is what I think the Sens need. This is again just my opinion, I'm probably under valuing Bonk but Something major needs to be done to right this ship. Less skill and fancy plays, more grit and heart!! Look at what the Leafs are doing without some of their skilled players (Mogilny and Nieuwendyk)... No way can I handle another playoff exit at the hands of the Gritty Leafs.

Would I want Ricci? HELL'S yes...

Do I want to trade Bonk for him? HELL'S no...

I was dead set against trading Bonk for why would I want to get Ricci for Bonk?

Bonk has been one of the top centers in the league the last couple of years (look at the stats)...we aren't going to throw him away for a 3rd line centerman (ricci or peca).

Bonk is not in his optimum role in the Sens organization right now, and hasn't been since Yashin left. Bonk is the quintessential #2 centerman. He's awesome at defence and can pot you 70 points. Once Spezza is ready to be a bonefide #1 centerman it'll take alot of the offensive pressure off of Bonk and he can do what his skill set is best suited for.

If the Sens are looking to make a legitimate run at the cup in the next few years...I've said it once...I'll say it again. Moving Bonk would be the biggest mistake they could possibly make.

Going into the stanley cup finals with this down the middle would more or less guarantee us a cup.


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