Let’s put Franson aside for a moment (clearly the Leafs need to re-sign him).
Here’s the thing. Although I agree Kulemin is a very useful player, let’s remember something from last year.
In terms of puck possession, the Leafs weren’t very good and they definitely want to improve that this year.
So if puck possession needs to improve, you likely have to make personnel changes. So, focusing on forwards, in comes Clarkson and Bolland, exit Grabo, MacArthur and Kamarov.
What else? Will that alone make the Leafs better at puck possession? Maybe somewhat, but is that enough?
You’re obviously not going to ship out stars like Kessel, Lupul, JVR, and Kadri. So you really have to look at the forwards carefully and consider some tweaking, with guys like Kulemin. And with Raymond being considered, it’s a viable option. Not only to resign Franson, but also improve the forwards, in my view.]]>