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Please NOT Bozak!!!

Posted 5:36 PM ET | Comments 8
The Maple Leafs have gone ahead and bought out Grabovski and have now left themselves almost 24 million dollars to spend. With the almost certain resignings of Kadri, Bernier, Franson, and Gunnarson the Leafs have far better options than resigning their 1st line centre (by default) for 1st line money. If we look at the money that will be spent on the RFA's that were just mentioned we will find a ton of money left over. These are assumptions that Kadri and Bernier take bridge contracts.

Kadri- $3mil-2 or 3 years
Bernier- 3.5 mil- 3 years (then he's a UFA)
Franson- 2.5 mil - 2 or 3 years
Gunnarson- 3 mil- 4 years

This ends up only being 12 million dollars spent on the RFA's the leafs have to sign, let us assume another 2 million on assorted RFA's such as Colborne. The leafs are left with a ball park of 10 million. If the leafs believe that 5 of this 10 million is worth Bozak or even 4 mil Nonis will have failed in improving the club.

The likes of Weiss, Ribeiro, Stastny, and yes even Grabovski have better offensive numbers than Bozak, even Antropov was able to put up better numbers than Bozak. I am not here to bash, I am here to state facts he is not...I repeat NOT a #1 centre. Bozak is a known commodity but not a valuable one and that is something Nonis needs to recognize. It is not just simply his lack of production that leads to issues but also what he represents. He has been the only able centre for Kessel and their comfort level has lead 2 different style coaches to not split them up. By keeping Bozak it will not allow for an increase in productivity on the first line and it will also stagnate the development of Kadri who will never be able to supplant the comfort aspect of Bozak and Kessel.

Bozak must be let go regardless of the fact the quality available is not a significant upgrade. However, an upgrade is still an upgrade. Once the almost guaranteed signing of Clarkson to about what I believe will be 4.5 million is announced the leafs will have 5.5 million to play with before the moving of Liles. This must be used for a centre. My idea is to trade Liles and a prospect and a draft pick to Colorado for Stastny who is the best option in my opinion, thus leaving the Leafs after the trade with 2 million dollars of flexibility to go into the season with. The Leafs will also have the ability to resign Stastny next year to a much more cap friendly contract unless he becomes an All-Star. Ference for 2 million wouldn't hurt the leafs either.

The age of Bozak and Kessel is over and lets be honest Lupul and Kessel are much more dynamic Bozak's Job was to get out of the way and backcheck.

OHH REALLY...has to go to the Boston Bruins who practically made it scripture that Tyler Seguin was better than Kessel and that they won that deal. OHH REALLY!.Lets all remember July 4th is the day when America prospered and this July 4th again an American prospered. Seguin was left off the world junior team for a reason, which is he is a perimeter player who is selfish with the puck. Dougie Hamilton will project to be a good Defenceman but no Offensive Machine and Jarrod Knight is apparently battling injury. While Kessel is the Leafs leading scorer every year since acquired, Joe Colborne has proved he can play in the NHL and be a serviceable centre with a big body and our 3rd rounder was traded away for assets. Let me finish by screaming all the way to Dallas through Boston. THANK YOU KESSEL!!!!!!!!!!
Filed Under:   Bozak   Free Agency   Leafs   Toronto   Stastny   Kessel  
July 4, 2013 8:17 PM ET | Delete
personally I think 4.5 for Clarkson would be max.... I would not want to go that high. If you do it better be on a three year deal max any longer you must remember there are no compliance buy-outs left.
July 4, 2013 9:20 PM ET | Delete
I agree. The kessel for picks debate is firmly buried FOREVER !!!! unless some moron wants to start comparing him to the players that came back in the trade from Dallas ? Anyone.....? Bueller ?
July 4, 2013 11:33 PM ET | Delete
Agree with you absolutely. Bozak wants first line center money and he is not at all a first line center. He will not likely want a third line job and really adding Bolland and having McClement and or Colborne ( assuming our checking line is McClement-Boland-Kulemin ). Kadri is locked in as the 2nd line center. I would love to see us add Clarkson 4.5 - 5 mil max though. That said I think it leaves you enough with a trade to look at bringing in Stastny and making it work, or the other option might be Carolina where Skinner is an RFA and they could use a veteran point shot PP guy like Liles on their back end. Leafs have some good options here. Tomorrow should prove to be a very interesting day indeed. Personally if they could land Clarkson and Ference and make a trade for a legit center I would be quite happy with where the team is.
July 5, 2013 12:08 AM ET | Delete
I agree with you that people need to look at the Kessel deal again, but you can not include Colborne in your analysis of the deal, as he was not part of that trade........he was acquieed in the Kaberle trade.
July 5, 2013 12:27 AM ET | Delete
Franson > Gunnarsson, but I agree, fuck Bozak.
July 5, 2013 3:09 AM ET | Delete
Hey bullet head your right about colborne but it still feels good to point it out.
July 5, 2013 6:24 PM ET | Delete
With what Bozak brings to the table, faceoff, PP, friend of Kessel and PK minutes make him a must to resign, and it is now history, 4.1mil.
July 5, 2013 11:21 PM ET | Delete
4.1 and the term at 5 yr much better and not upset he is still here, though I had hoped we would be able to via signing or trade upgrade to a top line center. That said Bozak at the right price is not bad, and I think with the other upgrades and additions/subtractions to the forwards we are better than we were.Defence still has to get sorted out and looks like it will have to come via a trade here but we have some good talent, just need some stay at home types and a veteran as well to help settle them down some. Can Nonis get that done is now the question.I was not at all interested or sure on Bolland but adding him and Clarkson we got bigger and a lot harder to play against, especially in Carlyles system. Should be very very interesting.
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