Thread: Speculation: How Much Will Kessel Make?
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07-22-2012, 05:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Writer View Post
If the NEW CBA unfolds as the league and owners want (term restrictions no signing bonus) the days of the hometown discount will be over, every player like Kessel will be seeking on every contract max term and max dollars. They will be instructed to do so by the NHLPA. And in any new negotiation between Phil's agent and Burke, who do you think has all the leverage? Ah, that would be Phil considering what Burke had to surrender to acquire him in the first place. and if he ever manages to hit the 40 goal plateau or heaven forbid lead the leafs into a playoff appearance, then Phil has Burke and MLSE right where he wants them and like in any contract negotiation, you are worth whatever you can negotiate. Phil can ask for max dollars whatever that will be in 2 years time, and if Burke has any doubt he won't re-sign with the leafs, and he looks to be heading to UFA status, then burke has no other choice but to trade him rather than risk losing him and get nothing in return. If Burke hasn't been fired by that time, he will most certainly be fired if that scenario unfolds.
Well i won't go that far, as to say they will shoot for the cap max, in 2 years that could be 16m per.

But your are right in saying the Kessel and his agent have us by the shorts and curlys. Our only elite player and the cost to aquire him and lets not forget, the Kessel camp has already shown the truculence needed to make strong demands and risk the open market when they played hard ball with his first negotiable contract.

This will be his defining contract , the one that is to set him and his future family up for generations.

But a comparible to what the elites are actually getting paid in the first 5/7 years, 9.5m/ 10.5m per in 2 years time is in the ball park.

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