Savour this years draft - Burke has little to offer except our future high picks so say goodbye to them. Look what it cost to get a #1 winger (Kessel). What team is going to give away 1c and 1g players for our 3rd and 4th liners?
no! Plus, there are off ice issues that we don't want!
I think he is a huge upgrade over Bozak simply because of a much greater upside. He will be moved from Edmonton because he is small and they need size with the other top 6 guys. Too small for TO to tag team with a little guy like Grabo though.
I live in Edmonton and am unaware of any off ice concerns. Maybe everybody here is to wrapped up in lynching the management (before Schults of course). What have you heard?
He said we can upgrade at centre, which just means the guy is better than bozak
Just what I was about to post.
He said it is realistic that he will be able to upgrade at the centre and goaltending positions, not trade for a #1C and #1G. These two combined trades would likely strip the rest of the team, opening up other major holes.
Just for all the people prematurely predicting Ty Bo's demise, it is entirely possible he will be the second line center. Grabovski is worth more in trade and you will need to give up somebody to get a first line center. If Bozak is traded it means the other team has a second line center that can step up to 1st. Then Bozak would be their second line center.I am thinking the other team would want Grabovski in the second center spot.
Yes those were good trades, but sorry, Phaneuf is not a top D player.
4 years later and we still have no franchise goalie (fail), no 1st line centre (fail), we are not truculent (fail), we hover only a few floor above the basement of the league and after 4 years we have yet to attract 1 top free agent talent to play with this original-6 franchise that has a bottomless pit of money and resources.
Now, I know we're ALL getting excited to hear burke talk about acquiring a number 1 centre, but, the reality of it is that he's been trying to get one since the day he became GM. Until he actually delivers, saying that he is talking to other GM's and that there is a lot of chatter is utterly pointless to us until something happens.
Additionally, if I remember correctly, the reason we paid Connolly 4.75 million a year is because he'd be the stop gap de-facto number 1 centre. I know a lot of people (Including me) were excited when he signed here because he'd be an upgrade over what we had, and his term was quite short. I hope we all remember that when he started playing for us, he played VERY well in-between Lupul and Kessel, so, perhaps, he can bounce back this year if the ever talked about "Number 1 centre" doesn't come here.
With all that said, my "Realistic" dream would be to have something like this...
Lupul - Wilson - Kessel
JVR - Grabo - Frattin/Kulemin
Kadri/Mac - McClement - Frattin/Kulemin
Komarov - Stecks - Brown
Minny is trying to get both parise and suter. If they dont, They are gunna be another terrible team.
I want to see Toronto make a serious run at Koivu and Backstrom together in a package.
We have lots of youth that could accelerate Minnys rebuild, and im sure that we could give them an acceptable package. If we are getting both a #1 center and a #1 goaltender, I would certainly be happy to give up the 2013 pick. Kadri+Bozak+Kulemin/MacArthur(pref)+Connoly(cap)+2013 first?
No, not a chance. What has he proven so far? The guy is looking more and more like a good 3rd liner than a top 6 C, he also had his fair share with Iginla on the top line and didn't do much.
If we are upgrading on C position. My guess is we're going after someone like Statsny or Krejci due to both Colarado and Boston's depth at C position. However, there could be other option out there as well that we haven't heard before.