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09-04-2013, 05:34 PM
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Gardiner at least had a full season as an effective top 4 defenseman, as a rookie none the less.
He was also arguably the Leafs best defenseman in the playoffs. It was only 7 games, but proving himself on that type of stage against a top team is impressive.
Backlund has played twice as many games as Gardiner to prove himself as a top six forward in the NHL, and hasn't done so to date.
No chance the Leafs do this deal. Kadri and Franson will be signed to short term deals and will go into camp with 21 players if need be. Definitely no need to give up a top asset to get under the cap, they aren't that desperate.
And Mikael Backlund was the Flames best three zone player when he was healthy this season. I simply find it funny that some few Backlund as teetering on the edge of "bust" status, while Gardiner is a "top asset"
I don't like this trade for either side.
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