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Trade Phil Kessel

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Phil Kessel has to go.

More than any single player in blue and white, Kessel needs to be removed for his part in the stench of this Maple Leafs tire fire.

Kessel’s unwillingness to lead, his seeming inability to lead, his negativity on the bench and in the dressing room, his surprising influence he has over his teammates is just a growing short list of why the Leafs must rid themselves of their most talented player.

Kessel is the eighth highest-paid forward in hockey and yet is 89th in even-strength scoring among forwards in the NHL. Maybe anyone can have a bad year, and this is certainly one, although Kessel’s career has been something of a straight line prior to this season. But the odour of this dreadful season, from his lack of conditioning, his disdain for coaching, his unwillingness to accept ownership of any difficulty, his part in Salutegate, his tone-deaf ways trump any singular scoring skill that makes him unique.

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Slumpy's avatar

The Buds have a great source of entertainment for this Wings fan for over 20 years now.

I agree Kessel needs to be traded and Dion too would be a good idea.

See that pass me the puck play by Gardner tonight which lead directly to a turnover and goal, lol. Gardner is another maybe that should be packaged out.

Bad market teams need good players and the Buds need to reload with their young prospects; that’s the road I would travel as a GM of this lot.

Fire Nonis tonight would be next decision and find a GM that knows what he is doing.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 04/11/15 at 09:52 PM ET

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What a revolutionary idea, Steve.  How has nobody ever suggested this before?

Fire Nonis tonight would be next decision and find a GM that knows what he is doing.

That should be the first decision.  Fire Nonis, hire someone competent and let him clean house his way.

Posted by Garth on 04/11/15 at 09:57 PM ET

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I find this entire Leaf debacle to be utterly hilarious.  How on earth can they trade Kessel????  The guy has an awful contract both in cap hit and term.  They would need to eat so much of that that they might not be any better off from a cap perspective.  I really don’t think most hockey fans have come to terms with the “new” NHL yet.  True blockbuster trades are a thing of the past.  No trade clauses.  An ever increasing/decreasing cap.  It’s just not plausible that the Leafs (Nonis or whoever) can fix this thing in a season or two.  A 5-10 year plan is what they need, but in Toronto, the fanbase/ownership won’t accept that.  Any GM that doesn’t turn that sinking ship around in 2 to 3 years is immediately on the hotseat and will make some panic moves to keep his job.  In short, the Leafs are screwed for a long, long time…...........and I’m loving every minute of it : - )

Posted by Wise1 on 04/11/15 at 10:27 PM ET

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Started reading the first paragraph:

Maybe anyone can have a bad year, and this is certainly one, although Kessel’s career has been something of a straight line prior to this season. But the odour of this dreadful season, from his lack of conditioning…

... and stopped reading right there.

This crap about him being out of condition, again.

He was the fastest skater in the All-Star game but even that hasn’t stopped idiots like Simmonds from pretending that he’s out of shape.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 04/12/15 at 03:46 AM ET

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The schadenfreude is strong.  This season has been like a slow-mo snuff film starring your worst enemy.

Posted by captaineclectic on 04/12/15 at 08:37 AM ET

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Wise1 ” A 5-10 year plan is what they need, but in Toronto, the fanbase/ownership won’t accept that.”

As long as the fans keep coming to the arena the fanbase is accepting losing. Burke made the mistake of trading picks for players and they are worse off today than they would have been had the 5-10 year plan already had been started. Eventually they will have to start that 5-10 year plan and build via the draft and when they do they better make sure they have the right scouts in place to make the right picks or they will continue to flounder. Not that I mind watching them flounder.

Posted by Puckbubba on 04/12/15 at 09:26 AM ET

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Everything about this is stupid.

Yes, this was his least prod year in term of goals, but it was also a disastrous year for the team and a year full of turmoil within the organization.

And he still had a 25-goal campaign.

His unwillingness to lead?  How about those?  He’s a scoring winger, a complementary player, he’s NOT a leader, anyone who sees him talk can figure that out, yet this idiot Leafs organization and idiots like Simmons think that just because he’s a scorer he has to be a leader.

Trade him to a team that has a leader, that allows him to do his thing -which is, scoring 30-35 goals a year- and pretty soon everyone will be laughing about how the Leafs were the big losers in yet another lop-sided trade.

Posted by Garth on 04/12/15 at 09:44 AM ET

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Nonis has had his hands tied since Shanny came on board more so than just having to deal with a joke of an ownership group.  Shanny is a yes man to MLSE, it is why he was brought in.  Horachek was a joke and it doesn’t matter if you liked Carlyle or not, his style isn’t popular with some here but he at least had the Leafs competing for the playoffs.  As far as what happened with Burke, kinda hard not to make those trades for high dollar crap when ownership is always breathing down your neck telling you to make a big splash so they call make a big profit off of new player merch being sold.

It all boils down to ownership letting the people they hired do their job, you don’t have to agree with how they do it as long as your employees can get you the results.  Kind of hard to get those results when ownership meddles with the process, Toronto will never get anywhere until MLSE can get their nose out of it and they proved they cannot do that with the hire of Shanny as he will just continue the cycle.

Posted by sdre79 on 04/12/15 at 11:20 AM ET

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As far as what happened with Burke, kinda hard not to make those trades for high dollar crap when ownership is always breathing down your neck telling you to make a big splash so they call make a big profit off of new player merch being sold.

That’s a whole bunch of BS right there.

You can’t look at the team Burke built and say it was anything but 100% a Brian Burke team.  Burke built the team as he wanted, and because he is overrated as a GM, it was a shitty team.  He was given carte blanche to do what he wanted and he crippled the Leafs for years to come.

Posted by Garth on 04/12/15 at 12:08 PM ET

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The BS is the players he chose to trade for, don’t fool yourself into thinking MLSE didn’t want him to make a big splash.  Sure he is overrated, outside of Toronto he had playoff teams in Vancouver, Anaheim, & Calgary.  If he sucks so bad he does one hell of a job in the interview process to get a chance to make winning/add to teams.  The Toronto media has dislike for anyone who is contrary to their viewpoint and Burke was that to a “T” add in the Ron Wilson fiasco(which I think was worse than his players choices) and his stop in Toronto turned into a mess.  He builds big tough well skating teams which isn’t popular with many but it can work, Anaheim won a Cup under him with this philosophy.  The Kings won two cups recently as well.  There is more than one way to succeed just so happens there are many more ways to fail.  One bad stop out of four is pretty good and I would take those odds in pro sports.  Also, the Leaf were hurt badly before Burke even got there, remember John Ferguson Jr. and Cliff Fletcher(second time around)? Those two clowns did much more to hurt the Leafs than Burke has come close to doing.

Posted by sdre79 on 04/12/15 at 12:31 PM ET

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Salutegate?  WTF is that?

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 04/12/15 at 01:42 PM ET

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Sure he is overrated, outside of Toronto he had playoff teams in Vancouver, Anaheim, & Calgary.

Yeah, he built a regular season team in Vancouver.  doug Wilson did that too, how come he’s not a genius?  He inherited a really good team in Anaheim that was a season removed from being a Stanley Cup finalist and then lucked into Neidermayer wanting to play with his brother, Selanne wanting to end his career in Anaheim and Edmonton having an idiot for a GM.  Now he inherited a pretty good Calgary team that had some good talent already which he isn’t even the GM a of.

The one team he built, was the actual architect of, is a mess.  Because of him.  No, not overrated at all.

Saying he’s better that JFJr is the very definition of damning with faint praise.

JFJr had teams that had 90-point seasons, which is something Burke can’t say.  And JFJr didn’t trade two first rounders for a locker room pariah either.

Posted by Garth on 04/12/15 at 01:51 PM ET

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