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02-27-2004, 01:55 PM
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Am I the only poster that thinks a team would be better off getting Brian Leetch than Sergei Gonchar?

Leetch isn't quite the offensive player that Gonchar is, but he's very close IMO. I also think that Leetch has a slight edge defensively, but that's open to debate. Salary wise wouldn't be much different, assuming that Gonchar get's $6M in arbitration, which is reasonable IMO. If Gonchar get's a one year contract in arbitration he & Leetch would both be UFA's under the current CBA after next season.

The big difference is Leetch has won the Conn Smythe, and is a proven play-off performer. Add in that he would probably only cost 1/2 or less of what Gonchar would to acquire, and I think it makes a lot of sense.

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