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06-20-2013, 12:43 AM
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Carlyle just didn't instantly give Gardiner free reign but he would usually play the most minutes (other than Phaneuf) when he played. He was outstanding in the playoffs.

I think a more likely trade would be Franson + 21st overall for 7th overall if Nurse is off the board when the Oilers pick. I think the Leafs get slightly better value than the Oilers but still not sure if the Leafs could afford to make that trade as Franson has established himself as a top 4D with lots of room for growth.

EDIT: FWIW In the playoffs Phaneuf averaged 25:22 per game (19:25 ES TOI/G), Gardiner averaged 23:01 per game (21:34 ES TOI/G), Franson averaged 22:49 per game (17:41 ES TOI/G). In the regular season Gardiner averaged ~20:30 time on ice per game. Carlyle may not have liked him immediately but he certainly earned his respect.

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