I understand what Franson brings, thats why I said I doubt the Leafs move him.
I just don't think he is a need, yeah I agree he is an upgrade on Ballard due to cap reasons for next year, but thats next year, right now we don't need another Dman. Now that Garrison has slid over to the right side to play with Hammer, I don't see adding a right side guy as a need, and I think it is a great thing Garrison works there, cause thats an exceptional shutdown pair IMO. And it leaves Bieksa and Tanev as the other 2 right side guys.
Bozak's rental value is different in a trade when u are using him to trade up for an asset of greater value. Since we are getting him as part of a package, not as a rental, Toronto wouldn't ship him off as a rental either way. And we can add a conditional pick if he doesn't re-sign. So there, no loss of an asset. And it is a major upgrade right now on our cup chances, and saves us cap space & a big contract moving forward, which is somewhat of an asset in itself.
And we don't really know what is on the table. There is probably a good opportunity that Bozak comes here and re-signs at a decent price. Goc on the other hand would probably cost atleast a 2nd. Maybe more if there is interest. And I think Bozak is the better player and better fit of the two. There are ways to get around that lost asset thing, and its not a sure thing we will lose an asset, plus there will be added value in a future or 2, and losing Lu's contract. There is really alot of upside in it.
I'm not sure we're actually disagreeing here. If you're proposing Bozak as a third of a deal, I don't have a problem with that.
I also don't care if the Leafs wouldn't want to move Franson - they're not getting Luongo for a UFA and a spare part.
Imo the best option would be for the Leafs/Canucks to negotiate with Bozak's agent and work out terms of a sign and trade.
If that were the case and he agreed to a sensible cap hit, I probably wouldn't argue with a Bozak and a pick/prospect, but as it stands, I'd expect another roster RFA, and a backup at the very least.
Regarding Garrison, I agree that he's a solid right side guy - I've been wondering out loud in the overexposed thread all season long why he wasn't used that way, but I suppose it may have had something to do with getting him accustomed to playing here on his strong side before shifting him to the RS.
Anyhow, that does open up options, which is part of the reason I thought he was such a great acquisition in the first place. What I'm not a big fan of is the possibility of Alberts being the 6th man and relying on Barker if anyone is out of the lineup, as has been taking place recently, particularly as the postseason approaches. I think adding a guy like Franson right now makes a whole lot of sense.
Edited by oldnews, 28 March 2013 - 11:07 PM.