Living in Toronto, I've been able to see lots of Hoglund's play. He's not the most gifted player in the NHL, but he is a solid 3rd line player. My problem with him is every time he gets a good chance to score (like in the slot), he +95% of the time he nails the goalie in the chest protector. Also, IMO, Quinn ruined his reputation in T.O. Think about it...you put a 3rd liner on your #1 line and the centre of your #1 is Sundin. When Hoglund (who isn't a gifted goal scorer) brings home 13 goals in 82 games on your #1 line, how do you think T.O. fans will react?
Elias, Gomez, Gionta, Marshall, Langenbrunner, Friesen, Brylin, Larionov, Madden, Pandolfo should be locked on our lines. 10 forwards.
That leaves only 2 spots for Berglund, Rupp, Rasmussen, and Stevenson when he'll be back. Berglund and Rasmussen deserve their chance but that would leave Rupp out, and when Stevenson will be back, we don't know where he will fit.
We have plenty of depth. So what's the point to add another third liner ? It makes 0 sense.
Hope it is clear, it is getting old to see that kind of discussion.
As for Aubin, we already have Schwab and Lou exposed Clemenssen to keep Schwab. Considering how good is Clemenssen, Schwab is here to stay.