You really think the players think about that and that's what they use for motivation?
Playoff teams, especially Cup contenders, that traded their first-rounder would not think about that; however, the Leafs are long shots for even getting into the playoffs and not giving up too high a pick ought to motivate at least Kessel.
Zherdev plays 12 minutes a game on the 3rd line. If you think that he wouldn't produce playing 19 minutes on the 1st line...look at his numbers in Columbus and New York. 60 pts from a guy you're paying $2 million is not bad at all. He's 26 not 36.
I traded Kosty for a 3rd and depth forward (maybe to Nashville for Joel Ward)
lol i totally picture gomez sitting on a stainless steel chair in a dark room with a bright spot aiming on his face with JM and PG talking threats walking slowly around him. I also picture JM and PG weatherboarding him for a goal lol
Ok I'm out of here.
Prediction: Habs win 4-1. Gionta, Pleck, Pouliot, AK