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06-16-2013, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by hullsy47 View Post
only way bozak stays here is for about 3.5 ......i hear hes kessel's best buddy ,,,only way u have bozak and kessel here together .....gotta be around 10 million combined ...
I am not sure they are looking at that much. If you read between the lines there doesn't seem to be much support from the Leafs for TB as the top line center (although could somewhat be a negotiating ploy). He has been a fill in for someone who still hasn't arrived. If he is bottom 6, and not Staal shutdown caliber, you don't pay him $3.5 when you have McClement getting $1.5. I would say $2.5 max for the role because that is the most a 30pt third line guy is worth. From Bozak's perspective, since they have never used him as the third line guy so far, why would he take the low money? I don't think Kessel's love will save him either. I suspect somebody will leak some numbers during the negotiation and we will have a better understanding.

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