Why move Smith? Isn't Kindl still kicking around somewhere?
With reason. Nobody in their right mind takes Kindl in a trade.
Smith has slight value, I'd be shocked if we got Phanuef for Smith/Weiss. Absolutely shocked. Leafs replace theyre top Dman for Smith (arguably our worst) and lose 2M in total salary when the deal is done.... Not exactly a great play on Nonis' part. Also Weiss doesn't help them out now or in the rebuild.
Jurco/Pulk is definatley going the other way.
Think about it, say we were trading FOR Weiss/Kindl. What would you possibly want to give up for that? I'd want to receive high picks and not give them anyone else in return.
It's not that absurd. In their first 5 seasons, Kronwall score at .46 points per game, and Franson scored .41 points per game. That's a difference of 4 points over an 82 game season. My guess is, that this tiny difference in points can probably be attributed to the relative differences in the quality of the teams they've played for.
Kronwall played on two Stanley Cup finalist teams and 2 other President's trophy winning teams in his first five years.
And Cody Franson played for Nashville and Toronto.
There is more to offence then points.
Ill take Kronwall over Franson on the PP any day. Kronwall is a VERY underrated playmaker in the offensive zone. Ill also take Kronwall in my own end to make the first pass 100 percent of the time.
Of course, there is no argument that Kronwall is better than Franson defensively.
Seriously though, when was the last time a player left the wings and didn't increase their point totals? (Brunner ) If Franson comes here you can expect him to lose 20-30% of that point total, just like any other FA in recent history who came here, other than Hossa