Kessel ill-suited as Leafs’ frontman ... Leaf must keep 1st.
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01-28-2013, 08:17 AM
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Location: McKinney, TX
Kessel is an odd figure.
He has all the talent in the world.
Yet he seems to be his own offense.
He seems to need that #1 center, but at the same time can't play with just anyone.
Kessel would be a great addition to a competitive team, but unfortunately for him he's not te type of player you build around.
Burke made a gamble and a bold move in Kessel. The thinking was the Leafs wouldn't finish that low in the two consecutive seasons as Burke made trades and brought in veterans to surround Kessel with.
But it didn't work.
Burke seems to have that Kessel was a low risk, high reward player. But his personality isn't that.
Keeping Kessel at $7 million doesn't make sense. Just as letting him walk or trading him seems equally wasted.
Hard to decide what to do with him.
When Kessel is scoring goals there isn't a lot of reason of reason to be concerned. Even if he scores 2 goals and finishes -2 for the night.
But when he's not scoring he's an easy target for criticism and concern. He gets frustrated easily, and seems more disconnected.
Losing Lupul was a huge setback for him.
RC needs to re-try the Kulemin on Kessel's wing that worked in the past.
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