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04-09-2013, 10:08 AM
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I love WIlliams and agree with your assestment of his contributions. But this is a business first and foremost and Toffoli has shown he has talent and his place is on the first line. DL indicated earlier this year that he felt TT would make the club next year, he's a top 6 player RW , and deserves that spot with Kopi. He's their future.
It's not based on TT time inthe AHL, he's a top prospect and there isn't much left in the AHL for him to prove , he needs to move up to grow and develop.
He's grown past the AHL, it's his time to shine.
With all due respect, you're sorely mistaken if you think Lombardi is going to dump Williams for an unproven prospect. I love Toffoli, but he's not taking Williams' spot any time soon here (barring injury), especially considering Williams has two more years on his incredibly reasonable contract ($3.65 million cap hit).
Does anyone know who the best on-ice Corsi player is this season? Hint: It's not Anze Kopitar (and most certainly not Toffoli).
That means Williams positively affects his team's puck possession when he's on the ice more than anyone in the league (respectably, Muzzin and Kopitar and numbers 2 and 3).
Kopitar gets the accolades, but Williams does all the little things the go unnoticed that allows that line to be one of the most effective lines in the league. He's not getting dumped like day old milk for some hotshot prospect who has posted one good year in the minors.
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