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05-14-2013, 06:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Leafsforlife98 View Post
I see Toronto trying to capitalize on Mikhail Grabovski's good playoffs, and getting a pick for him and cap relief at the draft.

And for some reason, one of their defenceman is going to be packaged with a draft pick or picks, and maybe another player for either a really strong shutdown #2 defenceman or #1 center. All of their other positions are pretty much locked up going forward.

They have way too many defenceman with potential and lots of puckmovers. They are in desperate need of a strong shutdown defenceman. IMO, one of Franson, Gardiner or Rielly will be a part of that package.

Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner
Cody Franson
Morgan Rielly
John Michael Liles
Mike Kostka (UFA)

Carl Gunnarsson
Mark Fraser
Ryan O'Byrne (UFA)
Korbinian Holzer
Stuart Percy
Peter Granberg
Jesse Blacker

Tons of puckmovers and very little shutdown defenceman. Gunnarsson is excellent #2 pairing shutdown guy and Fraser/Holzer/O'Byrne/Blacker can fill that 3rd pairing role.
Gardiner for Coburn. Coburn would thrive under Carlyle's system and Gardiner would be that puck moving offensive defenseman the Flyers are looking for.

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