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05-12-2013, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by goonx View Post
Trading Gardiner away would be problematic next year. Unless Rielly out competes him for the job. He has a lot of poise and skill that we need for a good playoff run next year.

It's much more reasonable to trade liles away who's been overshadowed by gards this series. We won't get a top-end centre but we'll get a decent return for liles.

So what if we draft a top 10 pick? Will they be ready for next season? Probably needs at least 2-3 years of development.

We need NHL ready d now because the leafs will start being contenders in the next 2-3 years. They've proven that can compete with top-end teams and we're only a few pieces away (Another veteran top 4 Dman, an upgrade at centre).
A top four consisting of Franson, Gardiner, Phaneuf and Rielly in the medium term would be a tantalizing proposition, with Gunnarsson and whomever rounding things out. Franson looks like one of those classic rangy defensemen who shows glimpses of a great defenseman who can log huge minutes and control the flow of a game, Phaneuf is Phaneuf, and Gardiner and Rielly can form to be a pretty important duo on two separate pairings...

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