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02-07-2013, 09:25 AM
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sometimes I think Kessel would be a good fit on the Islanders, but not at that price, especially when you add what he might want in $alary.
Kessel's a great offensive player albeit limited in other ways. But his speed, shot, ability to generate offense on his own is very impressive. I worry about how many one-dimensional players, offense only, a team can have though - Boyes, Moulson.
I'd worry about Kessel's new contract in 2014. While the leafs could retain some salary on his current $5.4m per contract, the isles would be on their own paying his new contract. He's rumored to be looking for $7m-$8m per. I'm not even sure the isles would go $6m per.
As you point out, Kessel is one-dimensional. Yrs after leaving Boston with that rep, he's still weak defensively and avoids physical play.
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