Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/17/10 at 05:11 PM ET
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
Watching Kesler’s highlight package from his hat-trick performance in Wednesday’s win was like watching a season-ending video tribute, documenting his plays of the year. It was a brilliant performance. It was momentous enough to leave people thinking back to four years ago — one last time — when a 22-year-old checker, with 12 goals in 110 games, shook up the NHL by signing a $1.9 million offer sheet with Philadelphia.
What happened to that guy?
The answer is revealed in comments he made in September 2006, when then-GM Dave Nonis, after playing hardball in negotiations, was backed into a corner, and forced to match Clarke’s contract. Kesler was unapologetic and unabashed when he got the money under heavy criticism.
“If a team wants to pay me that, I think it’s well deserved,” he said then. “I do work hard and I’m just going to keep working harder.”
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