Thread: Dreger: Leafs listening on Kessel?
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02-07-2013, 12:39 AM
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Originally Posted by ponder View Post
We almost certainly will not get fair value back for Kessel (you rarely do when dealing a star with under 2 years left on his deal), better to try to re-sign him than trade him. If Nonis is convinced he really cannot re-sign Kessel, then I'd be open to dealing him in the offseason, but extending his contract should be a huge priority this summer.
You can only negotiate with an upcoming free agent within a year of their deal expiring which is July 1st. On that day Kessel has a limited NMC kick in and the list of teams Toronto can trade him to gets cut significantly. So the Leafs will almost certainly get even less value if Kessels demands are outrageous or doesn't want to play here at all. The time to trade him is now with his current contract. If we wait until July 1st we cant trade him to as many teams, and if we re-sign him teams won't be so interested in a 7+ million one-dimensional scorer.

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