Re: CHIARELLI HOODWINKED BY BURKE
posted at 4/8/2010 4:16 PM EDT
In Response to Re: CHIARELLI HOODWINKED BY BURKE
In Response to Re: CHIARELLI HOODWINKED BY BURKE : Actually, this is a really interesting idea - what impact did the Philistine have on the Laffs? Last year, without Phil, and without a high-profile defensive group, the Laffs finished 23rd and picked 7th. This year, with Phil, the Laffs finish 29th and would be in line to pick 2nd if they hadn't made the deal. The only argument you could make in terms of his impact on the TEAM this year would be to say he kept them from finishing dead last. How can that be!! Well, look at last year's production vs. this year's and it's pretty clear. Last year, in Kessel's role and with basically the same supporting cast, Jason Blake scored 25 goals and 63 points - meaning he'll have outscored Kessel by about 8 points (though he played 8 more games). Almost every other Toronto forward is performing at basically the same level as last year. So he hasn't made anyone on the team better, but he did make Blake expendable. Basically, he is a 5-8 goal upgrade on Jason Blake, but a total points wash and, while he's a decade younger, he eats up $1.5M more cap space per year. Burkists (Burkas? =Guys who pull the wool up around their eyes to avoid acknowledging that Burke isn't Midas) will say this deal was made for 5 years, and by the second or third year, Kessel will be the schist. This year doesn't matter. Maybe. But even if you don't care if this year was a foregoner, if you're a Leafs fan, assessing Kessel's impact beyond his raw goal total will make you a bit queasy. Where's LRH? LRH, can I offer you some Pepto?
Posted by Bookboy007
Hey I'm here. Pepto? Maybe....but not for the reasons you think. I'm actually much happier with the state the Leafs are in now then coming into this year.
The Leafs going into this year was a MESS in need a very major overhall. That process is taking place and it will continue to be painful for awhile, but I think they are going in the right direction.
They are moving in the right direction and Kessel will be part of that. I didn't think they'd make the playoffs this year (I doubt they make next year).
But they will be much more competitive next year. Younger and faster and goaltending should be better.
The main reason for the Leafs finishing 2nd last was because they had very poor goaltending. They outplayed many teams in the early going only to lose to bad goaltending.
You put Rask in the Leaf net and you take Toskala and Gustovasson and I think we wouldn't be having this friendly discussion.
The Leafs are still a work in progress. However the Bruins went from First to fighting to get into the playoffs this year. Leafs are a bit worse then they were last year, Bruins are a lot worse then last year. Scoring is their problem.
They traded their top scorer from last year (who would have also been their top scorer this year).
I don't think Kessel is nearly as good as someone of the people think he is on this forum, but I do know he's much better then some of you think or give him credit for.