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03-01-2013, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by CobraAcesS View Post
Why bring that in when we have Hejda, and Siemens in the pipe? If you say hes not a #2 then what makes him much better that using Wilson next to EJ as well?

At least with Franson if we are getting a 2nd pairing guy, he can provide offense with EJ, Franson, and Barrie down the right side. Franson is also huge and a fairly good skater for his size. Pair him with someone like Hejda, Wilson, or Siemens and it would add high end depth.
Because Hejda is 34 and gone after 14-15. His game could nose dive at any point. Getting his replacement, and a guy that could pair with EJ now (giving a solid top 4) would be enough motivation to swing that deal. Siemens isn't ready yet, if we are lucky he will be ready in 14-15, even then he won't be on Gunnarsson's level.

Franson is having a bit of a breakout, but historically his offensive isn't all that much higher than Gunnarsson's and Franson is way worse defensively. I'm not against Franson by any means, but I'm just saying it isn't clear that Franson is a better choice than Gunnarsson. Franson being on the right side IMO lowers his value to us when we already have EJ and Barrie in the top 4, and Elliott (who has better offensive talent than any of them) not far from being ready.

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