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Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has his work cut out for him
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05-16-2013, 11:16 AM
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It's easy to "sigh them at the market rate", but it's a little tougher to actually figure out what that is.
What's market rate for Carl Gunnarson and Cody Franson?
There are no #1 centers available through free agency, and we don't really have the assets to bring one in via trade. With Bozak and MacArthur on expiring deals, we just lost our two best expendable assets who actually had value. That's exactly why I wanted them moved during the season.
That's the only big decision for the off-season? What about the disaster area known as our blueline? Many posters think Phaneuf isn't a #1 defensemen, so if they are right, we need one of those. Even the people who think Phaneuf is a #1 point to the fact that he can't do it all alone, so we'll at least need to bring in some very good seconday defensemen.
Then there's the goaltending... Again...
He wasn't good enough to play a full-time role for one of the worst bluelines in the league, and he's locked into a relatively big contract. How much value does he have right now.
Another things that's easier said than done.
When your trying to get into the playoffs and make a run you don't trade away your expiring contracts. Especially when one of those players is your best face off man. Teams going into the playoffs acquire those contracts they don't trade them away. It's a reality that you expend assets to acquire pieces for the playoffs.
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