The Armchair GM Thread - Part XXXII - Kessel Run Edition
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02-09-2013, 08:54 AM
Join Date: Aug 2006
Originally Posted by
dave babych returns
1. If you feel Elliotte Friedman is credible (I do), Kessel is pretty much the opposite - he is a person who is "unbothered" by the fishbowl dynamic because he doesn't read the paper or listen to the radio, he just goes out and does his thing. Friedman compared him to the Sedins in this respect and said that when they were approaching UFA not just Toronto but Montreal as well were ready to commit huge amounts of money to attract them because they felt they wouldn't wilt under the pressure.
2. If you don't accept that line of reasoning, how the heck does Phil Kessel (who would instantly become one of the team's top scorers, highest paid players, etc) somehow become exempt from belonging to "our media focused core" - what does that even mean? He might not be seen as the team's leader or figurehead but he would certainly come with high expectations and be given a major role in line with those expectations.
Personally I have no idea how an attempt to re-sign Kessel would go (
in this completely bonkers scenario where we've traded for him
). I would be he'd test the market, if he's a hot commodity because he functions well under pressure then he'd probably be offered more to play elsewhere, if he wants to take less to stay out of the limelight then I have no idea why anyone would think Vancouver would be the team fitting that description.
Kessel to VAN because he wants to take less to stay _OUT_ of the limelight? Priceless.
I felt you put it best with the bold statement above.
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