Fred wrote:I guess it's case of what the market will bear, but when it comes to a trade there's another GM on the other end of the telephone. I can't imagine BB giving up Gardner.. would you if you're Leafs GM. Plus I think the average age of the Canucks defense means they're going to be a round for at least another 5 years and they have some bright prospects coming alond Tanev, Connauton, and maybe McNally and certainly Corrado. On the other hand our centres are Henrik and Kesler one is getting on in years and the other is breaking down.To me it's Kadri/Colbourne assuming it is the Leafs Luongo is heading for. We don't have a ligitamate skilled centre in the pipe. Schroeder or Labate are the most likely
We'll get a better look at Schroeder tonight
Geez Fred if you would bankroll on the likes of Kadri and Colbourne as your replacements for Kesler and Sedin down the line then you my man have really lost it. Why are you dumbing down your expectations on what this team deserves in return for Luongo. I'm totally on board with Gillis in that they won't give him away, and getting the likes of Kadri and Colbourne in return for Luongo is giving Luongo away.
As for saying that we are somehow deep and young on defense, is horse shite. Edler and Garrison both have nagging long term injuries that may never go away. Garrison has come out and said that he has been battling a soft tissue sports hernia since as far as he can remember. Edler's back problems may be terminal.
The Leafs are trying to do the same thing they did to get Phaneuf and Aulie out of Calgary by offering up a big package of middling type players as if Gillis will be wow'd the amount coming his way like Calgary was. It's Quality not Quantity my friend, that is unless you desire a team full of average players like in Calgary. Knowing Gillis though, I would not be surprised if he got sucked into such a deal cause he seems to be making the same mistakes as Calgary have been making for the last 10 years to stay competitive and too build around Iginla.
GILLIS NEEDS TO GET A STAR POTENTIAL PLAYER IN RETURN FOR LUONGO. Kadri, Bozak, Colbourne are not those players people. Luongo is a star goalie. Giving him up for average players with average potential is a complete shit deal for this organization moving forward. I like that Gillis is building the future with 'size' and 'heart' in my mind. Gaunce, Kassian and Jensen all fit this bill, Kadri doesn't and Colbourne is a lightweight in a big body. If you like dumb players like Booth, then you may like Kadri. Just a tiny version of Booth.
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