Re: The Kessel Thought
posted at 9/4/2009 10:34 AM EDT
In Response to Re: The Kessel Thought
[QUOTE]Such comments as "he can't play D and is a baby" drive me insane. How many "babies" come back from cancer in less than a month (how well do you think YOU'D skate right after having a testicle removed?) and play the latter part of the season and through the playoffs with a freaking ripped labrum/rotator cuff that required MAJOR SURGERY? Do you have any CLUE how difficult that is? Perhaps if Kessel had moaned and complained about the pain, you might, but gee, he never said a word. What a baby. And this: "NEELY said "there's no fight in that dog"!!" I ask you, please, give me a source, a link, where Neely ever said ANYTHING like that about Kessel. Neely was part of the team that drafted Kessel. Do you seriously believe they had no idea what the kid was like before they drafted him? You think they're that stupid? Chiarelli: " Phil’s a good person — a very good person and a very good player — and we fully intend to keep him.” http://www2.nesn.com/boston-bruins/2009/07/10/video-chiarelli-says-kessel-will-be-back-with-bruins/
Asked about that published report that Kessel was seeking a contract worth $5 million a year – which, by the way, would price him right out of the Bruins’ market, unless they unloaded a major salary to compensate — the 21-year-old forward chuckled. “No, that’s false,” he said. “I don’t know where that gets reported from. I want to be a Bruin, so we’ll see what happens.” http://www.telegram.com/article/20090617/NEWS/906170409/1009/SPORTS
Posted by duinne[/QUOTE]
Couldn't agree with you more. Those comments about him being "soft" infuriate me as well. No one called Mike Lowell soft after he overcame testicular cancer, so someone should ask Mikey what it takes to come back from something like that and compete at a pro level, especially in a sports like hockey that's twice as demanding as baseball.
Also, can we stop already w/this nonsense about the teams he scored his 36 goals against (which, btw, was achieved while missing huge chunks of time to mono and injury)....goals are goals and are critical no matter who you're playing. If he scored them against some weaker teams it likely means that had he not, the B's may have lost some of those games.
Go back and watch the 2008 game 6 against Montreal and tell me if the B's would have had even a WHIFF of winning that game w/out Kessel.
There are several NHL clubs licking their cjhops hoping the Bruins are stupid enough to let this 23-year old potential 50-goal scorer go. Are there holes in his game? Sure. But he's 23 and has plenty of time to fix those holes while still putting up huge offensive numbers. More important: Great teams become great by keeping the core of young players--as many as possible--together so they can gel and read one another and develop that "on-ice E.S.P" that produces playoff wins. The B's have forever now had a revolving door of talent that is never allowed to grow together and establish an identity.
They have a chance to make that happen now w/Krejci, Savard, Lucic, Chara, and yes, KESSEL in that mix. Take away his huge goal output and let it go to another team (for what? Draft picks that may or may not pan out in a few years and will then also be let go when their contracts come up?) and the B's will get burned for it in the playoffs next year, no question.
PC and JJ: Sign him. Make it happen. Be creative if you have to. Show the fans you care.