Lol. Kessel has developed into an elite playmaker, ppg player and NOW he's not a key player, because he only has a year and a half left on his contract and hasn't signed an extension in a timeframe when it is not possible to do so.
Moronic does not even begin to describe that sentiment. These are the people that should make their way over to the Islanders board, your kindred spirit is there.
Then tinkering, maybe a Moginly type move was already done for JVR well see yet... but the most important thing we ever did back then was sign Cujo, so if our goalies cant get it done that becomes number one concern, i mean we still made the playoffs with Jryki Lumme and Aki Berg patrolling the d we need a CUJO, still have hopes for our boys
Leafs made the playoffs BECAUSE aki was patrolling the D.
Kessel, Kadri, JVR, Gardiner, Phaneuf.
I really want to include Lupul but, fair or not, he does have an injury history. i would sell high for the right package.
Gardiner was a Gardiner/Reilly choice and I'll take the guarantee over the upside. would want a ton in return for Reilly though (such as packaging him for the #1 pick this year - I wouldn't take the 4th pick straight up)
Phaneuf, though overpaid, is also underrated - big minutes against tough players, captain-worthy leadership. i really think the team needs him - he makes the minutes of every other D easier by playing so much.
Gardiner and JVR would be the other two that would come to mind; but, for the next little while (2-5 years), these 5 need to be our best players (I'd give Rielly about 4-5 years though, just in case he needs it). I'm also putting Phaneuf ahead of Kessel because I think that a number 1 defenseman (Shut it, please don't argue semantics) is more important than an elite winger,
pretty much agree with this, I think the second line RW can be filled internally but the number 1 centre position needs to be addressed via trade. Kadri can be a 1B but we need another 1B like Stastny.