Gardiner , Komi , and Gunner can't come back quick enough
Seriously. As an enforcer on the blueline, we can't afford to play Fraser, Kostka should be a 3rd pairing guy, Liles should retire, Phaneuf is sleepwalking, Franson is just sloppy, and Holzer is a good Luke Schenn impersonator.
We have Phaneuf who isn't good defensively for the $$ he's paid. We have Kostka who is great on ES but sucks on PK/PP but is tolerable. We have Liles and Franson who can't be trusted in our zone at all. We have Fraser...AHL'er, Holzer AHL'er, Komisarek...coming back to playing as a #5D at best
Leafs need to revamp their ENTIRE TEAM. I keep going back and forth thinking Phaneuf is a good defenseman for this team but he's likely going to ask for 6.5M-7M.
It's time to trade him and start fresh and tank this season.
Benefits of Tanking this season:
A) It's only 48 games of frustration instead of 82.
B) Seth Jones...
C) Nathan MacKinnon.