Thread: Proposal: Leafs need a #1 center
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02-08-2013, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Liferleafer View Post
I couldn't care less if we had a "franchise player". I just want a solid group of players who perform. And by the way, get a center better than Bozak....and Kessel IS your franchise player.
I've never seen a team win a Cup with a player of Kessels calibre as the franchise player and I've never seen a team win a Cup based off of a "solid group" but no legitimate franchise players.

I would take any and all of the following players over Kessel (ignoring age as a factor, just talking about in a single Cup run):

LA: Quick, Doughty, and Kopitar
Boston: Thomas, Chara, and Bergeron
Chicago: Toews, Hossa, and Keith
Pittsburgh: Crosby and Malkin
Detroit: Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Zetterberg
Anaheim: Pronger, Niedermayer, Giguere (at the time)
Carolina: E. Staal, Brind'Amour
TB: Lecavalier, St. Louis, B. Richards

Wingers aren't worth squat to build around compared to centres/goalies/D. One-dimensional players aren't worth squat compared to elite all around players to build around.

Would you want to build around Alex Semin as your franchise guy (ignoring injury issues and assuming he was playing at his previous ~PPG level)? Because Semin is a very very comparable player to Kessel in terms of style of play / production historically.

So maybe you don't care about getting a "franchise player", but I guess you also don't care about actually winning anything then.

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