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02-10-2013, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by blasted_Sabre View Post
I expect to be making the playoffs while Kessel is still capable of potting 30+ goals. That makes him important. Its not like Kessel is an old man. Hes 25 for goodness sake.
And he will be 26 turning 27 when his new deal kicks in and people suggest we should give him anything between 5-8 years. I see no point in to tie up so much cash on a winger who will be between 32-35 years at the end of his deal. It is not like if he is like Parise or Zetterberg who can play both center and wing, have selke worthy 2-way game and are leaders.
I actually feel a lot more comfortable having Lupol signed long term in to his 30īs because he works out very hard, have leadership qualities and is at least an average 2-way player and I think he will last longer at a high level that way. With Kessel I am not so sure. I have seen enough of pure offensive players with just average or below average compete level slowly fade away.

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