Concern With Bozak's Lack of Offense?
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05-03-2013, 03:11 PM
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The stupidest part of this non-stop Bozak bashing is about Kessel. Okay, I agree that Bozak is the weakest player on that first line. But how exactly is Bozak hurting production?
Acting like Bozak is messing things up ignores how Kessel has turned into a PPG winger playing with Bozak as his centre. Unless you think that Kessel would be scoring at a 1.5 PPG pace with a better centre.
This team has far more serious problems than Bozak. I won't be at all concerned if the Leafs give him $4-4.5m. That's a reasonable price for all that he brings to the table these days.
Kessel's production would go through the roof with if he played with someone like Getzlaf.
Bozak isn't great at finding seams, struggles at making big plays at high speeds... but does the rest of his job admirably.
$4-4.5m is a little more than he's worth... but with Kadri cementing himself in a top 6 role, that's way too much for us to pay Bozak who isn't an ideal #1C. And if Kadri becomes that #1C, our #2C better be MUCH larger and far more physical than Bozak.
If Nonis re-signs Bozak without moving Grabo first, it's a HUGE mistake. You can't have $15m tied up in 3 centers, none of which are a true #1C... you just can't.
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