Re: PC will be held accountable for this year's early exit from the playoffs
posted at 2/29/2012 5:36 PM EST
In Response to Re: PC will be held accountable for this year's early exit from the playoffs
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: PC will be held accountable for this year's early exit from the playoffs : LRH, do you think the Leafs can win with Phil in the next 2 years? If not, then he's likely to bolt for somewhere with less pressure. If he's gone and the Bruins are still dressing Seguin, Knight, and Hamilton, then your outlook on Phil won't be as rosy. I don't think he'll re-sign in Toronto. Do you?
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By all accounts he likes it in Toronto, but honestly I don't really know. I think it's 50-50. He doesn't do interviews well (never will) so he tends not to be in the limelight that way, but most fans appear to back him and when he's on, he's electric. When he's not on, he's invisible. He is and will always be an offensive player. His 2-way game is better this year but he'll never be a threat for a Selke award. He has also demonstrated very good play-making ability which compliments his goal-scoring. Didn't really see that much in previous years.
He's had a really good year overall and still young on a team that is the youngest in the league. I think he'll decide based on how the Leafs compete as a team starting next year and no so much on playing somewhere with less pressure. No one wants to play for a loser year in and year out - just ask Nash.
2013 is actually a pivotal year for the Leafs as a bunch of bad contracts come off the books with lots of money to spend. If the team is decent, and the younger players continue to develop they have a chance to do something why key acquisitions via free trade (a number of high profile players will come available then as well)
Money is never a problem in Toronto. Money well spent is another issue.
Then again, we can add a bunch of new bad contracts and start the nightmare all over again. Wilson is gone after this year so lets see who comes in (hopefully Dallas Eakins).
Again, I'd love to have the problems the Bruins have compared to what we're experiencing.