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01-30-2013, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Babs View Post
They are in a position to be one of the team that would be putting a huge offer down on them. Why wouldn't they? Who's going to out bid them?

Probably no one if they're desperate, but it takes two to reach a deal, they have to accept. If it's just about leader type money, I'm sure ANA can pay them.

But more to the point, they _can_ do it. However, wouldn't they wait until they are signed and then shop Kessel? Why put the word out now?

Originally Posted by StringerBell View Post
I don't see why Toronto re-signing Lupul matters when considering whether or not to deal Kessel. When given a choice of re-signing a top line forward or losing him for nothing, you almost always want to hold onto the asset. Even rebuilding trams need some veterans.

Rebuilding teams need vets, not top line talent. The top liner is going to help them win more games than they should be winning, thereby preventing a true tank.

Re-singing Kessel and going as is puts them in the middle-ground for competitors, which gives them bubble type picks, which makes the rebuild harder/not as good.

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