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by Paul on 01/17/12 at 12:19 PM ET
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
The fact that the Maple Leafs would love to get bigger up front, well, that’s nice and all. But try to find the players to fit that need.
We’ve talked lots about Ryan Getzlaf, but wanting that big centre and getting him out of Anaheim are two entirely different things.
So Brian Burke may have to set his sights a little lower looking six weeks ahead to the Feb. 27 trade deadline after making big deals to acquire Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and Joffrey Lupul the last three seasons.
Not just a little lower. Also at a financial cost that may be less appealing.
Which brings us once more to Tampa Bay Lightning left winger Ryan Malone, once one of the more highly regarded power forwards in the game, now less of a force for the Bolts, who sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings right now.
The 6-foot-4 winger would, nonetheless, look good in the Leaf lineup. But he’s 32 years old, has only nine goals in 38 games this season and carries a contract that comes with a salary cap hit of $4.5 million the next three years after this one.
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