As we talked about last week, there seems to be a concerted effort to get an inevitably massive Phil Kessel contract extension signed before the regular season begins tomorrow. Kessel is reported to have no interest in the distraction of negotiating during the regular season, which never made sense to me, because getting a deal done in Toronto is far less interesting to the circling mob of Toronto media members than it is to have him playing out the string unsigned. That’s like 8 months of question material out the window.
Darren Dreger, Chris Johnston and Bob McKenzie have all put some more momentum behind the story tonight with a series of Tweets:
Getting a sense Phil Kessel's contract extension in TOR could get done as early as Tues. Leafs and Kessel's agents working towards that.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 1, 2013
But no one has confirmed it's done yet. So we'll see. If it's done, I would expect it'll be $8M per year, give or take $500K, for 7 or 8 yrs
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 1, 2013
Neither Leafs nor Newport Sports (Kessel's agent) is commenting on extension speculation, however, sense is there will be news tomorrow.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 1, 2013
There’s really not a whole lot of mystery involved with this contract, it’s just a matter of getting it done before the season and not risking a whole bunch of things going wrong. Like Phil finally hitting the 40-goal plateau and demanding even more money, from a more leveraged position, or the Leafs having an unexpectedly terrible season and Kessel looking into other options, or Bozak and Kessel getting into a serious roommate argument over the dirty dishes, making Phil question a once-burgeoning bromance. Or, more simply, the risk of letting Kessel get within weeks of free agency once the seasons ends, and him knowing a name like his hitting the open market on July 1 is going to make 29 other teams in the league crash and bang into each other backing up their Brinks trucks.
Phil is going to get $7.5 million-$8.5 million over 7 or 8 years, and the Leafs have to give it to him. Simple as that.
Knowing it’s done and dusted would be a nice little gift before tomorrow’s season opener.
Phil Kessel: Not elite. pic.twitter.com/SsI4zJtxvj
— Sean Gentille (@seangentille) October 1, 2013
Leafs extend Phil Kessel: 8 years, $64-million: http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2013/10/01/leafs-extend-phil-kessel-8-years-64-million/… some thoughts inc. jab at Steve Simmons' hypocrisy, and Phil's ex gf.
If anyone can't understand that our best contending Window will be gone in a good 5 years or so from now should just shit and not complain about the Kessel extension. It's that simple
Kessel at 8 million is a steal. Showing Kessels comparables http://theleafsnation.com/2013/9/30/kessel-negotiations-won-before-even-finished
OK Enough of the Kessel talk. Any pre season scouting on how well Price is playing and adapting to the new equipment?
Congrats to @PKessel81 ! thought something was a bit off this morning at the hotel... http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S4f4EsPBvTk&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DS4f4EsPBvTk#…
Why do radio stations play fan comments. The fans are the last people you should ever put a mic in front of.
Great to hear Kessel is locked up for the next 8 years. Sights set on Phaneuf now, $6.5M/5yr?? Can't really see him wanting to take a pay cut, not to mention captain of the team + #1 defender. I would be ok with that $ amount but wouldn't want it to go much higher than that.
Leafs forward Dave Bolland: "I see that in this team — that [it] can battle for the Stanley Cup, for sure” - http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/10/01/toronto-maple-leafs-believe-now-is-the-time-to-contend-for-stanley-cup/…
Still seems silly to me that the NHL season is starting on a Tuesday, but whatever. Can't wait for the puck to drop.
Kessel at $8x8 is about what we should have expected. We need to keep him long-term. We need to keep Phaneuf, too. Dion is actually probably more important to retain, because our defence behind him is much worse than our offence behind Kessel. Hopefully Loiselle starts negotiating with him as soon as possible.
@Jordan29 Contending? Amazes me that that is now part of the dicussion with the Leafs. Not saying you're wrong, just been suffering for so long.
@Jordan29 Hard to sh*t when ordered too lol
@mcloki I hope its not well re price ,hoping for a shit month outa him anyways
Unless his new equipment is a 6 by 4 sheet of plywood strapped to his back, he will suck.
@mcloki KESSEL IS GOD!!
And cowboy Price is in mid-season, Quebec swiss cheese form.
@Burtonboy Which means absolutely nothing.
@mcloki its like mic'ing up the TSN forums .....my eyes bleed whenever I make the mistake of reading that garbage
@Cloud09 7 avv over 6. You can reduce Phanuefs salary in the later years but still have him keep his pride with a pay raise in the early years. And I can see Phaneuf saying he wants to stay around because he sees something positive happening.
@DWCMLHS Tuesday, Thursday, same thing. It really should start on Saturday with a triple header.
@DWCMLHS What if Franson delivers what he did last season over a full season? What if Ranger delivers Tampa Bay form? What if Gardiner takes the next step, ie, less giveaways and actually starts playing defence? What if Reilly reaches his potential and becomes a solid NHL defenceman next year and a top pair guy in three years?
I'm starting to think more and more we actually don't need Phaneuf and especially if he wants 8x6.5 or more.
6 million would be a steal but so would him playing for free. Got to keep it realistic considering he could command 9 million in free agency
He has actually making less than them all when you average out each players term and dollar and he has also out produced all his comparables except for gaborik
Two of Gardiner/Franson/Ranger are going to have to emerge (or re-emerge, in Ranger's case) as top-4 Dmen for our D to be any good, even with Dion. But Ranger is AT BEST a 2-3 Dman, and even if Gardiner/Rielly reach top-pairing Dman quality, they'll be a Letang-type top-pairing Dman. We have nobody that can replace Phaneuf. If we lose him, we'll be looking for a replacement for years. We need to pay him to stay long-term.
kDefenders improve as they age. Defender prime is 28-34. Why would you be in the least concerned about term?
Also, 7M cap hit would put him as a high cap hit, but pretty low on the actual salary chart. People need to realize the new CBA changed the way cap hits work. Yea, DIon is going to have a higher cap hit than Keith, but he'll still be making less money. You can't expect him to take less just because the rules changed.
Kessel will be 34 when the contract is up. He hasn't missed any games as a leaf and has never been injured. There's no negatives to this signing so quit looking for one. Some could argue Corey Perry has regressed already yet has been locked up for more
Pffff... given the discussion thread, i thought you meant Phil Kessel. You mean Subban. Carry on, sorry
Heatly was part of one of the best lines in hockey when he was scoring at that pace. Kessel has put up great Numbers with a boat anchor playing center. He also put up 37 goals with Mitchell and Joey crabb on his line
You mean this .... in a good way?
@Cloud09 @mcloki One that's an average. I'd pay less for Phaneuf in the later years. 2 Contract explosion has just started. This new CBA is going ot add a ton of cap to teams. Yet the roster is going to stay at 23 players. Adding 15 million to a teams cap adds a lot of cash for all players.
The idea of worth is directly related to the size of the cap.
@DWCMLHS There is definitely a lack of actual defensive-defense ability in the group, to be sure. Ranger is pretty balanced and although he won't be as good as Phaneuf he can be similar in his role. You still need that extra defensive-minded body though.