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Will Kessel re-sign in TO (post Burke firing)?

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01-09-2013, 11:49 PM
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Will Kessel re-sign in TO (post Burke firing)?

So what are the odds that Phil decides to pack his bag and leaves Toronto if the team fails to succeed in the next year and a half?

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01-09-2013, 11:51 PM
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I think he goes where the money is like most players would.

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01-09-2013, 11:52 PM
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If by trade deadline next year they're still a playoff team I'm almost positive they shop him, hope to have a solid return, nothing as much as they paid though and turn the page.

The guy just does not have a winning attitude or any leadership trait, he needs to go to a team where he won't have media pressure and a team where he will only be relied on to score and nothing more.

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01-10-2013, 12:32 AM
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I'm hoping Nonis is open to all and any solutions that will fix what i consider a team with no identity. The way the Leafs are currently constructed there is too great a variety of playing styles. You always need a mixture of course but generally its to compliment the "personality/culture" of the main body of players as opposed to making up the majority as is the case in Toronto. Nonis has to set the direction and commence acquiring the players to suit it. That won't happen quickly but its an absolute must for his team.

Depending on the direction Nonis steers the Leafs i'll certainly understand if he doesn't love the idea of Kessel leading the charge.

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01-10-2013, 12:55 AM
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How ironic would it be if he signed with the Boston Bruins....

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01-10-2013, 12:56 AM
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What makes you think Kessel and Burke had a non-business connection to each other?

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01-10-2013, 12:57 AM
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If by trade deadline next year they're still a playoff team I'm almost positive they shop him, hope to have a solid return, nothing as much as they paid though and turn the page.

The guy just does not have a winning attitude or any leadership trait, he needs to go to a team where he won't have media pressure and a team where he will only be relied on to score and nothing more.
I don't know about that, just because he isn't a really extroverted guy doesn't mean he doesn't have the right attitude. If everyone on the team was a big personality who tried to take control it would probably lead to conflict and divide the locker room. Kessel isn't a vocal leader and that is fine, he let's his play do the talking.

The problem is that Toronto is trying to use him as their franchise player but he is really more if a complementary piece when it comes to a championship team. If Toronto doesn't have a number one centre by the time he hits free agency he should go someplace that does.

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01-10-2013, 01:23 AM
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I think he gets an Eric Staal-sized overpaid contract and he stays in Toronto

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01-10-2013, 01:27 AM
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So what are the odds that Phil decides to pack his bag and leaves Toronto if the team fails to succeed in the next year and a half?
I think that if the coach lets Kessel play the way he wants, he will re-sign. If the coach wants him to play defense like Claude Julien did, then there is a good chance that he is gone in my opinion.

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01-10-2013, 02:07 AM
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If he was gone with Burke still there.

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01-10-2013, 02:28 AM
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I think he gets an Eric Staal-sized overpaid contract and he stays in Toronto
Someone is gonna have to do some Claude Giroux-adjusted stats.

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01-10-2013, 02:33 AM
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He's gonna leave.

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01-10-2013, 02:58 AM
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If I'm Kessel Im praying Nonis is around to negotiate this contract, he ALWAYS gets taken to the cleaners by agents. This deal will be massive.

Lupul will be overpaid as well.

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01-10-2013, 03:03 AM
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He's publically called out both coaches in Toronto, He once said that he and wilson don't talk and that maybe it was time for a change, and in the short time he's played for caryle he voiced his displeasure in the practices. Specifically saying he didn't like stretching :,(

When speaking about caryle, nonis said that some players didn't fit into caryles tough playing style, and that caryle pushes the envelope with his players, gets them out of there comfort zone.

Id say this is a disaster waiting to happen, and win or lose, kessel will walk if he's not a fan of the coach. Which as previously stated, is likely.

I say trade him while the dollar is high.

Out with the characters, in with players with character.

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01-10-2013, 03:05 AM
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Leafs will move him before his NTC/NMC kicks in this summer.

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01-10-2013, 04:04 AM
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If by trade deadline next year they're still a playoff team I'm almost positive they shop him, hope to have a solid return, nothing as much as they paid though and turn the page.

The guy just does not have a winning attitude or any leadership trait, he needs to go to a team where he won't have media pressure and a team where he will only be relied on to score and nothing more.
CBC did a feature on him and he said multiple times that winning is his priority, doesn't care about how many points he puts up he just wants to win.

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01-10-2013, 05:13 AM
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They can't move him after what they gave up. He can be a nice piece on a winning team just not the centrepiece. You can't build a winning team around a small, soft, perimeter scorer no matter how nice his shot is. They have to keep him and add some real first line talent, if they trade him everything gets set back again.

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01-10-2013, 05:19 AM
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I wouldn't be opposed to moving him for someone like Ryan Kesler.

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01-10-2013, 05:22 AM
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Schneider Gaunce Kassian conditional 1st for re-sign 2nd if he doesn't for Kessel.

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01-10-2013, 05:35 AM
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Nonis will give him that fat contract, just like he did with Naslund.

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Kessel leaves the madhouse in Toronto for the friendlier confines of Montreal.

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How ironic would it be if he signed with the Boston Bruins....
I would welcome Phil back. He was great for the Bruins in the playoffs. It's too bad he hasn't been able to get back there in Toronto.

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Schneider Gaunce Kassian conditional 1st for re-sign 2nd if he doesn't for Kessel.
Drop Gaunce or the 1st/2nd and I'd do it.

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01-10-2013, 08:28 AM
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I think he will leave Toronto. The guy seems SOOO uncomfortable around the media and was criticised so much, why stay there? I could see him signing with a team who is not as exposed to the media but on the way up. Teams coming to mind would be Columbus, Phoenix, Colorado, Nashville, St.Louis or (if we aren't able to re-sign Perry) Anaheim.

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