More center depth? We already have too many centers. If we acquire another one we need to send at least 1 or 2 back.
We could have two full lines of nothing BUT centers. Not mentioning that Franzen plays C sometimes.
Like I said, I have some concerns about our centermen. Datsyuk hasn't quite been himself this season, and that's when he hasn't been sidelined with an injury. Z's got serious back problems and shouldn't even be playing right now - and, ideally, he's a winger. Sheahan is a call-up kid who will be sent down as soon as Holland and Babcock get the chance. Same with Glendening. Helm will suffer a season-ending injury. Weiss is a huge question mark, and he's supposed to be our dependable point-producing second-line center. I'm not crazy about Andersson. Franzen is, like I said, a vegetable (who doesn't like playing center). Jarnkrok isn't a realistic option right now, and he's our only high-end center on the farm. We've been gutted down the middle by injuries this season. (At one point we had, what, all of our standard centers out with injuries?) And we're still missing our first-liner and second-liner. And we've got the Olympics to worry about. And we'd like to go deep in the playoffs. And we've been crap in the faceoff circle.
All of which is to say, it might be worth getting another center. Maybe one who can play all three forward positions well, just to give us some flexibility. And, given how godawful our PK has become, it'd be cool if the guy's a good PKer. Ott would give us all that. We wouldn't have to give up much to acquire him, there's a reasonable chance he'd like to re-sign in the summer, and, should he re-sign, he wouldn't cost a whole lot in coin or term. He'd give us some more depth, just in case.
Do you think his ego would go well with Babcock? I'm not sure that would be a good road to go down..
I'm pretty sure Babs doesn't really know how to coach kids, and I'm pretty sure a kid with a skyscraping ego would be the death of him. Then again, Tatar has an ego. Then again, Tatar doesn't see as much ice as he probably should.
I'm not big on Kadri, but it's an intriguing possibility because 1) he's a future first or second line center who's starting to deliver, and 2) it's the Leafs, so all you have to do is scream OMG LOOK BEHIND YOU!!! and take Kadri and run. I also think the Leafs are probably not the best fit for him, on several levels. Like, the very fact that he's basically been labeled TROUBLE is, I feel, likely a lot of bulls***, reflecting more on Carlyle being an obstinate dinosaur than Kadri being an intolerable, narcissistic prickwagon. How so? Kadri should've been on the Leafs' roster two seasons before he was ultimately slotted in. If he was puffing his chest and pissing and moaning about mistreatment, it's probably because he realized he was getting shafted. Granted, if you're a young up-and-comer, you know your place and shut your mouth. That's an unwritten rule. But Grabovski and MacArthur have both said, essentially, that the Leafs are fools who don't understand how to develop, manage, utilize high-end talent unless it's a guy like Phil Kessel who's talent is literally impossible to misread. I mean, sure, Grabovski and MacArthur are both bitter so of course they're gonna say that. And yet, we all know it's true.