So here we go and I am curious with everyones thoughts on this. Let us look at the Phil Kessel
situation in Toronto and equate it to the Dallas Stars
First of all and without a doubt you can not disagree with the fact that Phil Kessel is a natural sniper. He can easily pot 35-40 goals a year especially in the right environment. Now what exactly is that environment. Toronto is not. Phil Kessel is not exactly the leadership and take a team on his back guy. He is a good player, but he plays very well in a "dont give me all the responsibility" role. With that being said, could he possibly fit in Dallas? Well being that we already have a strong leadership core in Morrow, Benn, Erikkson, Roy, Whitney and Jagr with most of them returning next year. Additionally you can see that Cody Eakin
is working on becoming a vital part of the Stars in multiple roles and that the defense is starting to come along with a lot of its young prospects starting to make significant contributions. So with that being said, Phil K would not necessarily be leaned on for that. What is it exactly that he could bring to the table. First and foremost putting the puck in the net. Which as you can see from the season thus far, it is AGAIN a problem. Knowing that Jagr is currently in a $4.5 million dollar contract with Kessel currently at $5.1 (correct me if I am wrong) does the money make sense? He is in a contract year and will be eligible to sign a new contract next year. Does a possible 2 million a year upgrade seem feasible in this financial climate and can we actually commit that? Well being that the last time we ad a consistent 35-40 goal scorer was Brett Hull I dont see why not. It is very hard to get such a pure goal scorer and one that is currently only 21 years old. Imagine lines of Erikkson-Benn-Kessel next year with Whitney-Roy-Ryder or Smith (yes I think he has that kind of ability).
There are a couple of things to consider however. First, is Jagr's time up in Dallas after this year? Does the management think that he accomplished what it was they intended for the team and Dallas as a whole? Second, If you were to make this trade what would you be willing to give up?
Lets look at the second question and evaluate what the Leafs may want. First of all I can guarentee that they are going to want a first round draft pick. With the way this year is going so far to we look at possibly having a top ten draft pick? Its possible and the draft at the top appears to be very forward heavy, especially at the center position with some very talented players. however are on of this players Phil Kessel sniper quality. Secondly, we know that the Leafs need some serious help in the net. Reimer is servicable and a good goaltender, but not number one material. Is Bachman or Campbell something that we would be willing to give up. I think I could depart with Bachman, but I am not sold on giving up Campbell in this situation. I also believe that the leafs would desire some leadership and defense as well. As much as I hate to say it, is this where we see the possibility of a Robidas or Morrow leaving thhus really changing the team make-up. Would this be the final firesale of some of the old guard? I love Morrow, I really do, but does e fit the direction this team is going to go anymore? I really believe at this point that he would bring better benefit to a lost Leafs team than a Stars team on the edge of making the jump to playoff time. You also have to look that if Robidas was traded that it would open the door for Olesiak to make the jump and to me that is an exciting proposistion. It is obvious that we dont have this type of pure scorer in our system so do we hope for the best in the upcoming draft or do we strike the iron while it could be hot? Your thoughts, insert now...
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