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02-01-2013, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by rdawg1234 View Post
Yea the problem with trading Phil Kessel is you could essentially end up with a Rick Nash kind of trade.

So basically one elite player for 3-4 lesser support players, fine for a Columbus, but we really only need one or two more big pieces, not a bunch of support pieces.

Unless it's a number 1 Centre, or a #1 G+top 6 forward It would be a sideways move, even a #1 Centre trade would be a sideways move, as we'd just end up looking for a winger ala the Sundin days.

Keep him, end in the bottom 10 this year and draft your #1 C, none of this trade crap.

He's a great piece once the team becomes more well rounded.

If you look at the other top scoring wingers in the league right now:

Kovalchuk, Neal, Hossa, Elias, Gaborik etc. I honestly can't say I'd trade PK for any of those guys. Coincidentally all those guys play on elite teams. It can be argued that he's the best winger in the league right now. Definitely top 5.

Like you said, sure we can trade him for a G or #1 C, but at the end of the day you'll need to acquire a Phil Kessel type player down the road.

You need these guys to win the Cup.

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