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03-02-2013, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by number72 View Post
Taveres doesn't have great line mates and I don't see fans complain like people do of Kessel. People will come to realize that Kessel and Phaneuf are support pieces and are not sufficient as core blocks. That is, Kessel and Phaneuf cannot or do not make players around them better like Taveres or a Shea Weber could. That is not a knock on Kessel or Phaneuf but just to say they are notch below these other elite and top line players.
Agree with this. That said, Phaneuf and Kessel are among if not the best Leafs. The challenge for Nonis is not to overpay these two next year and to reserve enough cap space in case the opportunity to sign (or to take on the contract of) a truly elite player comes their way. Not an easy task....

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