My honest feeling is as long as it's not in excess of the Twins' contract, I can live with it. We have to keep Kesler, the guy is such an important part of the team. That said, I obviously hope its a bit less to make the cap situation more manageable and I'm confident in Gillis' and Kesler's ability to do that.
Uh'm I guess you missed the part where he said he hopes the Canucks overpaid for Kesler.
If you took that as a compliment then all the power to you.
He's not a Canucks fan. He doesn't wish the team well because it makes it less likely that his favourite team (our divisional rivals) can do well. I don't take that as trolling.
The fact that he sees the Canucks as the strongest team in the division and the newly locked up Ryan Kesler as a big part of that is a compliment.
ANYWAYS, to keep things on topic - as the games have gone by this season I've found myself hoping that Gillis could get a few years from Kesler for under $4m, then under $5m, and finally realizing that it might take up to $6m a year to keep him around - certainly he'd go that high on the open market.
I'm hoping that the contract comes in somewhere between the reported initial offers on each side, $4-5m. That would be a steal at this point.