Does Kessel fit into the long term plans of the Leafs?
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01-22-2013, 08:33 AM
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Funny.. this is pretty much the same situation that the Leafs had when Sundin was still with them: a highly-skilled player with nobody to play with. The only difference her is Sundin was a career PPG player who could actually carry a team on his back whereas Kessel is not a career PPG player and caanot carry a team on his back.
The only reason that "Philly Cream Chesse" is a Leaf right now is because Brian Burke completely mis-read the talent level of the team at the time of "The Trade". Since that ill-advised trade, there has been no appreciable increase in the talent level of this team.
As it stands right now, because of the distinct lack of talent currently on this team, the best way for Phil Kessel to help this team get better in the long-term is by getting traded off this team for multiple high-end assets who can help this team down the road.
The Leafs are going nowhere fast, he's coming off of a career year and his trade value is at the highest level it has ever been; now's the time to capitalize on that high trade value before it begins to drop. Another good reason to trade him is because defensuve systems are anathema to his purely offensive game. We've seen how his offensive game was affected while he played within Julien's defensive system. As a result, Phil just couldn't get out of Boston fast enough.
Now playing under Carlyle and his defensive systems, Phil's production is likely to plummet back to the level it was at when he left Boston. Do we really need to see that happen? I don't think so.
Therefore, it would be best to trade Kessel now for the best possible return before his stock takes a tumble.
Couple flaws in your logic.
1. Your assumption that Phil's production will go down to where he was 3 years ago suggest you think he did not improve and only got better numbers to due to system change, it also assumes he has peaked and cannot get better still. Hardly certain.
2. Trading a sure fire star who can help this team for 10 more years for maybe's is a fools gamble. There is no garantee any picks/prospects you aquire will in any way be equal to what Kessel is now, let alone what he can become. This is not Iginla we are talking about.
3. Trading a star player because we have no other star players suggests you need to get 3 stars at once or there is no point, this makes no sense. You aquire them one at a time, through drafting, trade and free agency.
Short of moving Phil for an Elite center thare is no sane reason to move him.
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