Re: Phil Kessel
posted at 10/10/2013 8:20 AM EDT
In response to BadHabitude's comment:
You should read this thread first and then make your comment.
Was my comment not in line with everything that was said? Or were you deliberately trying to waste my time?
I could read this whole post 10 times over again, and still post the same thing.
What part about the rest of the thread that includes his shortcomings needs to be read? His attitude? His lack of drive (weight room, etc.)?
You can talk about Phil Kessel's downfalls all you want, until you're blue in the face. If this was on a national media outlet, you'd be making Bruins fans look like a bunch of butthurt morons. You expect Kessel to score 50 goals? With who feeding him the shots?
Ovechkin has Backstrom. Stamkos has MSL. Perry has Getzlaf. Kessel has....Bozak? Bozak doesn't even get close to as many assists as Kessel has goals, so how can you even expect him to put up 50 goals? Kessel put up 36 goals with Savard, sure...when he was 21 years old.
You expect Kessel to put in a big playoff goal like Bergeron did....And Bergeron's goal going through about 6 people's worth of traffic? And a backdoor rebound that Franson fed right on his stick with a wide open net? That's not even mentioning that Bergeron's goal was in his 68th playoff game (and I'd argue that it basically took that long for Bergeron to have a goal that was really iconic, aside from his game 7 against Vancouver goals, which his game winner was in the first period). Bergeron was 27 and playing with a perennial contender for most of his career, while Kessel was the difference between Toronto being a cellar dweller (again) and making the playoffs as a #5 seed (for his first time in 4 years). He's been in the playoffs 3 times, and has done very well each time.
Do I think he's worth 8 million per year, especially at 8 years? No, because I think that amount and that length should only be paid to the generational players. Crosby, Malkin, etc. That's not a knock on Phil, it's just a testament to how good those guys are.
You (and lots of other posters on here) need to get over it. He's one of the best forwards in the league.