Even if we completely forget about value and the fact that Kessel is a year away from unrestricted free agency, the Blues cannot afford Kessel. And I don't mean according to an internal cap. They have about 13 million of real cap space to sign Pietrangelo, Stewart, Paajarvi, and Allen.
I think it's a bad start to a deal for a lot of reasons, but whatever - probably the only way this trade begins to work is if the Blues are sending back a big chunk of salary.
For the Blues, we just shed salary with Perron, we're not looking to take anymore unless it's Stewart and Pietrangelo. We shouldn't be trading our cost controlled players on ELCs, their too valuable to us at this point.
If this whole deal is contingent on Kessel not re-signing, why would he come here? We wouldn't give up two of our best prospects to take on one year of kessel, knowing we probably couldn't afford to keep him anyway. The Blues aren't in a position to make a deal like this. We are going to need our cheap young players.
Yes, Kessel WOULD sign that, but don't expect it to be offered!
I see giroux as a comparable to kessel and if he got just under that I would be fine. I just love all the montreal fans that come into these threads hoping beyond hope kessel doesnt re sign here, toronto isnt montreal folks there may be a ton of pressure but we still support our team no matter what can habs fans say the same, I think not.
Comparing Kessel and Ryan is hilarious. Ryan scores more goals per game over his NHL career with less TOI and PP time, but he's coming off a bad year while Kessel could be trending higher, has played more and is a year younger.
Still, Kessel's made a home for himself in Toronto and there's almost no chance he leaves. And that's from a Sens fan who wants nothing more than for him to walk next year!!