Thread: Value of: Phil Kessel
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01-13-2013, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Halpysback View Post
I really don't see Kessel extending in Toronto unless they take advantage of the 8 year resigning contract and give him a ton of money.

What do they offer him that other teams can't easily top?

-No more Burke (assuming him and Kessel were BFFs)
-Played with mostly scrubs whole time here
-Team finishing low every year
-Media pressure/high pressure market (he seems more comfortable in low pressure settings)
But he played with Savard and Lucic in Boston and it made no difference as he forced his way out. I don't think he cares.

But he was on a Bruins team that was on the verge of becoming elite and it made no difference and he forced his way out. I don't think he cares.

Media - fine. But I think the only other team in the league that puts as little pressure on their players to actually perform on the ice and win games is The Oil. Even the Isle stand up for themselves and hated Rolston. The organization and the fans seem to defend to the death every mediocre player that dons a Leaf sweater. One of the reasons they've sucked for so long. I don't think he cares as he goes the way of the rest of the team.

Although I would add Carlyle to your list. More Julien like and might ask him to hit the weight room and then he'll force his way out.

I think it all depends on whether he thinks he can get $7M and the Leafs are only offering $6.85M - he'll leave.

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