Thread: Trade Kessel?
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03-08-2013, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by TonsofPuppies View Post
And I say again...
I'm not even disagreeing with the idea that if Kessel is your best player, you're not going to get far in the playoffs. I'm not even convinced Kessel is our best player.. he wouldn't get my vote for sure. But he's not claiming to be.. he's doing what he does, he is getting points. He is unbelievably soft.. which is not a good attribute for an NHL player to have, but due to our increased team toughness, this becomes tolerable. Kessel is not a heart and soul player, he's not a Toews or a Hartnell in that sense, and he does shrink against the Bruins.. but really, compared to the Leafs, there were no "bad" teams in Kessel's tenure, so "padding his stats" with the weaker teams is not accurate. I'm not one to throw out crazy what-if scenerios, but if the Leafs were to have a Getzlaf as a top line centre, Kessel would be much more comfortable because he's simply not what people are expecting him to be, and this is no fault of his.

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