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06-20-2013, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Duffman955 View Post
Would rather keep Gunnarsson than franson.

Franson is a specialist in the offensive zone. He has bad mobility, subpar puck movement and terrible in his own zone. We already have Gardiner and Rielly who will be better than Franson as Offensive Dmen.

Gunnarson is a good puck mover and a solid defender in his own zone. We need more of these not less.
I agree completely. I also have a feeling (in honesty, based on absolutely nothing but a gut feeling) that Gunnar would be easier to sign for less than Franson - I feel like Franson is going to want to break the bank after taking a bridge contract last year.

With Phaneuf, Reilly, and Gardiner in the pipeline, and guys like Finn, Percy, and Blacker - I think we can afford to move Franson while his value is high now. I can see something along the lines of Franson + Scrivens being of interest to the Oilers, but I have no idea what we'd be getting back. They wouldn't give us any of their top young core - so we'd be looking at guys like Gagner and Pajaarvi (sp?). I'm not sure either fills a need for us.

That leaves the #7 pick - but what else would we have to throw in? I'm not sure Franson, Scrivens and #21 is enough - but if we added one of Finn / Percy / Blacker - would that get it done? It would give Edmonton the assets they're looking for to improve immediately and for the future (young top 4 D, young back up goalie, and another solid D prospect + a solid prospect at #21) -but I think they'd ask for more in exchange for a Monahan / Linholm / Nichushkin ....

Now - if we could pry the Iles #15 pick and use that instead of #21 giving the Oilers a shot at Horvat - THAT might do it.

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