Thread: Kessel/Phaneuf
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05-04-2013, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by LEAFS FAN 4 EVER View Post
Without a doubt Burke did do a great job with his cap managment. It could have been real easy for him to give out those long term contracts since all the top UFA's were getting them, although he was right that the days of 10+ year contracts would be no more in the new CBA.

Hopefully we can re-sign both Phaneuf and Kessel because both are major reasons why the Leafs were able to win this season. Now this might not sound like the best idea right now, but what if they don't re-sign Tyler Bozak and use whatever money he would get to re-sign Phaneuf and Kessel. Would that help their cap situation in the future?
Phaneuf and Kessel are the two best players at their position on the current Leafs. But in this hard cap system, getting them both resigned at the right numbers (cap and term) will be critical to the team's long term success (or lack thereof). The higher the numbers, the less flexibility the team will have to have other quality signings. That means that the team has to establish a number that if exceeded, the Leafs are prepared to walk away from one or both of these players. The person tasked with finding the right numbers is the GM...Nonis. I'm sure he will get lots of advice from this board over the next year My own view is that Kessel should get priority over Phaneuf if we could keep only one.

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