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01-30-2013, 01:39 AM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Huntsville Ontario
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2 years, not 1.5. We're a little over 5% done the season. You get him now, you have what would be about 70 games in a normal season.
He's a top 10 scorer
who hasn't even hit his prime yet
, and has been a consistent lethal gamebreaking threat every minute he's on the ice. You need to fulfill two criteria for this trade to make any sense from a Leaf perspective.
1. A future number one center. Doesn't have to be elite, but projects confidently to be at least a 70 point player. He would somewhat replace Kessel's offense, but would fill an actual organizational need.
2. A future top pairing defenseman to replace Dion. Doesn't have to be all-star.
Why two pieces? Because there's a very real possibility that at least one of them reaches potential, but the other doesn't. You could either get two meh players out of it, a meh and a great, or two greats. 25:50:25. Toronto takes all the risk, so you have to mitigate it somehow. Otherwise, it's not worth it to move Kessel. I'm confident that several teams would consider it. Two question marks for a sure thing.
Kessel is in his prime for Forwards the 6th NHL season is the beginning of there primes, go look at alot of the top forwards they may not have had there career year in the first 6 but they produced at a level that is there regular output during there best years in the NHL.
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