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02-06-2013, 05:08 PM
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Originally Posted by doorman View Post
Ok, lol, first off I love keslers talent but do not like him as a player. I will admit he is a very good player. That being said I am not a Richards fan per say, i have no problems with him outside of I am not a Flyers fan, lol. That being said richards as pointed out finished 2nd to Datsyuk in the closet Selke voting ever. He is also a better team player IMO. They are both excellent hockey players, but I don't think and I can't even remember who stated it that one can say Kesler is a "much better" player. We can add up acomplishments if you want as you brought up the Selke and Pesidents trophies of keslers. Richard has a memorial cup(captian), WJHC silver & gold(captain), Calder Cup ring and a Stanley Cup ring. Like I said both are good players Richards is a great leader, I think you would be suprised who the GM's might pick.

Though neither is Datsyuk, who could probably also play goalie or defense, lol.

Do you know who GMs would pick? Nope.

I think the first bold statement up there tells us what we need to know about your position vis a vis Kesler/Richards.

As to Luongo, I don't see him being dealt at the deadline. The offseason will cement further which teams want to make changes in goal. Further, it will give us some insight as to what teams relocate, and what teams fall in/out of the conference with VAN. DET for instance, in the east, makes them a player IMO.

LeBrun spoke about the DET philosophy on radio today. He intimates that had DET not had Lidstrom to promote their cheap-goalie philosophy, that they would be more willing to go with a better talent in goal. Along with them, is what CLB now does under Davidson. They have a plethora of futures to deal and could be looking to resolve their goaltending issues. They remain a player as long as Luongo is more apt to waive his NTC just to be a starter "somewhere". (Note: They actually had talks with VAN at the draft about Lu, per Dreger).

I really wonder what McPhee and WSH are going to do. Does he risk his job on Holtby's back? I dunno. This team remains the most interesting development in this saga.

TOR is there, but I don't think they deal anything young. As soon as they deal Kessel, whenever that comes (they can't let him just walk to FA), will signal the official rebuild.

Then there's the ever present Panthers. Where Lu clearly wants to go. Let's see how they go for the rest of the year.

Not for nothing, but this added wrinkle (if you can call the Lu situation that) has many VAN fans watching other teams with renewed interest. It's made hockey outside VAN more interesting for sure, at least for this fan (not that it wasn't already).

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