As I said, I wouldn't trade Kulemin if he'd signed for a fair amount, like 2.8 for 2 years.
I think the Leafs need a big centre. As is stands, we're entering the year with three top two centres standing : 5'11" (180lbs), 6' (165lbs), 6' (167lbs) – based on 2009 weigh-ins. Yes, they need to put on weight, but even 40lbs of muscle is impossible for one off-season. The Leafs would be a lot better off going forward if they had a centre 6'4" (220lbs) with a comparable skill-set to Kulemin.]]>
again, if that isn't enough, then just offer-sheet clarkson and watch him leave for a 2nd round pick. it's fine if you think he's worth more, but the reality is, Lou isn't going to match an offer that high. this is the man that signed parise for just over 3 million. he isn't about to hand clarkson 3 million based on potential.
grabovski has his issues, but you've painted a pretty biased picture. the guy has consistently improved his faceoff ability, and become a reliable defensive center. he was a plus 3 this year with the league's worst defense and goaltending. that's just plain erroneous. yes, he's inconsistent, but so are the wingers he's been paired with. attitude problems are exageratted or non-existent. the team seems to love him nowadays. funny what speaking english can do for you.
conversely, LA sees Handzus and Moller as wingers, and really only uses them as such. They feel Stoll is a defense first center, and that his point production is forced. They are actively looking for a creative center, and they are about to lose Frolov for nothing. Getting Grabovski and a pick for a couple of picks they don't need at all isn't a bad idea. There certainly aren't many (if any) better options available for that price. In other words, Grabovski helps their team more than any 2nd rounder would next year, and all it costs them is the swap between a 4th and a 2nd (and a 59th overall 2nd at that).
JVR has been on the block for less than that before, and I wouldn't be surprized if he still is. even if burke has to throw in blacker, or hayes, it's all good if you ask me.]]>