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Toronto Maple Leafs need to turn page on Phil Kessel

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03-23-2012, 01:42 PM
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good, we're getting towards the post limit and this idiocy can finally be locked.

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03-26-2012, 11:17 AM
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His plus/minus stat is more indicative of this porous Leafs team than it is of Kessel; ... You can't pick on Kessel's plus/minus alone without considering the Leafs' overall weak defensive play and poor goaltending.
True, +/- is also very much a team statistic. Nothing in hockey happens in isolation. That being said, Kessel is part of the reason for the lousy +/- because he is weak defensively. He probably costs the team almost as many goals as he scores.

You need to surround a player like Kessel with strong defensive players that can pick up the slack. The Leafs cannot do this.

But I digress..... I have already mentioned the reasons why it would be smart to trade Kessel at this point. It is buried somewhere in this thread.

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