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06-16-2013, 09:37 AM
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Weiss is not the ideal number 1 center for the Leafs with the design to center Kessel, as he doesn't bring any real intangibles or otherwise to balance out the line and compensate for Kessel's shortcomings.

He is not very physical, large nor strong on the puck or cycle. He really wouldn't add much to the Leafs outside of being a more experienced Tyler Bozak.

Kessel is capable of being a PPG with Bozak as his center and Weiss is not likely to alter that much. Weiss may win more face-offs and thus give the Leafs more puck possession time and be able to match up better against other teams opposition centers which might contribute to more team success overall however.

However the key would be $$ and cap here as based on price you have to decide how much of an improvement Weiss is over Bozak.

To me Bozak is a $3.5 mil player and Weiss a $4.5 mil player in comparison, however UFA spending is inflationary by nature so those numbers will be higher as a result to retain\obtain the services of either player. How much more is what Nonis needs to decide on, and which player is the most cap cost effective choice for the services and contribution provided.
Both Bozak and Weiss will likely be commanding more than 5mil per year. However, there's no doubt that Weiss will produce well with Kessel and JVR as his linemates. If Bozak couldn't get 50 points while playing with PPG Kessel and Lupul then IMO, he is not our 1C but more suited to 3C.

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