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Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has his work cut out for him
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05-18-2013, 03:07 PM
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Who could we have next year that would be better? I would take an upgrade over Bozak any day of the week. For the pieces we would have to give up its not worth it. I would try and trade up in the draft and take one of the top ranked centres (Monahan)
I dont believe Statsny or someone of his ilk is what we need at our stage.
Why not Stastny? He is essentially the same age as Bozak with three 70+ point seasons on his resume. If he pans out, he will fill the #1 spot nicely for a 5 year contract term. Yes he has not been great the last couple of years but that is why he won't cost the moon to acquire. They would want Lupul+ for the ppg version of him.
I don't think this will solve all the clubs problems, nor is there not some risk involved, but there are a lot worse ways they could go to try and improve. Can you imagine the Kessel line with an 80 point center? As long as they keep Gardiner, Reilly and this years 1st I would be happy with them moving some young assets to bring him over.
He is not Connolly, Lombardi or Weiss. This is not a band aid type solution, it's fixing a hole with a player who is still young enough to have a personal best season.
I don't like Ribeiro as much, mostly because of his age, but he has big skills and if Bozak is $4 million + then Ribs is worth 6 and they are still miles ahead. He could score 80 next season.
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