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08-03-2013, 12:24 AM
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I've interpreted the OP's thread to ask - what should the Leafs do that next season's deadline if they know both Phaneuf and Kessel plan to walk?

At that point, you tangle them, and you tangle them hard, and hope that you get something of decent value in return - but you don't hold your breath. Simply put, teams will know that they can have a crack at both players on July 1st if they opt to leave.

The time to trade Phaneuf and Kessel, if there was suggestion that they aren't coming back, is now, or at the very latest, very early on in the season.

The trend lately has been a relative decline in the quality of both player and prices for the rental market. I wouldn't expect teams to give up much for 2 potential rentals, and I wouldn't expect teams to give up much period for Phaneuf

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