Man, I love Brown, but I have to admit the guy has been a band-aid too in his time with the Leafs. Makes sense though considering how he plays, unfortunately that's the cost of having a great physical game. I wish he could stay healthy, he's a great fourth liner for this team.
Not sure what to do with Lombardi, he doesn't really fit in the lineup IMO. I'm starting to think we lost that trade with Nashville actually, 2 years of Lombardi at $3.5 mil per year is pretty ******, not convinced that getting a bottom pairing dman in Franson makes up for it, especially since we almost never play him.
Yeah, and we traded all star Lebda for those two. We cannot possibly lose that trade. Franson atm is on bottom pairing, but it's only because we have pretty good top-4. On many teams Franson would be easily #4D.
Kadri is in AHL not because hi is bad player or cannot play in NHL,but because we stacked upfront.
I think that Burke would need to make a trade soon or many of our young players will go down to AHL.
I'm really looking forward to/hoping that when Brown, Armstrong, and possibly Lombardi are back that we can roll a bottom 6 of:
Lombardi/Frattin - Colbourne - Armstrong
Crabb - Steckel - Brown
I really hope Colbourne stays up, he's been playing well... I'm hoping Bozak gets traded along with some other players, while he's been playing well, I think its just because of how well Lupul and Kessel are playing, he still doesn't look great IMO besides a few good plays.
Top 6 would fill out something similar to what should be expected: