Phil Kessel Appreciation Thread

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    Phil Kessel just completely destroyed the Ottawa Senators with a hat trick and an assist in less than 33 minutes. He’s  hit 30 goals for the sixth consecutive season (if we extend his pace over a full season last year). He’s now tied with Evgeni Malkin for first in points since the 2011-12 season. No NHL player has more points in the past three seasons than Phil Kessel.

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    Who, me?

    Review coming a little later. Until now, let’s celebrate our star, our moon, and our sun: The Phil.

    WE ARE NOT WORTHY. WE ARE NOT WORTHY. WE ARE NOT WORTHY.

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    Phil Kessel

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    WendelGilmour
    WendelGilmour

    Western conference hockey is hard to watch. Boring.

    Jordan29
    Jordan29

    FORWARDS

    James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Phil Kessel ($8.000m) 
    Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m) 
    Peter Holland ($0.900m) / Dave Bolland ($4.000m) / Leo Komarov ($1.800m) 
    Jerry D'Amigo ($0.700m) / Jay McClement ($1.750m) / David Broll ($0.591m) 
    Jamie Devane ($0.700m) / 
    DEFENSEMEN
    Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m) / Carl Gunnarsson ($3.150m) 
    Morgan Rielly ($0.894m) / Shea Weber ($7.857m) 
    Tim Gleason ($4.000m) / Cody Franson ($3.500m) 
    T.J. Brennan ($0.800m) / 
    GOALTENDERS
    Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m) 
    Drew MacIntyre ($0.600m) 
    BUYOUTS
    Mike Komisarek ($0.000m) 
    Mikhail Grabovski ($0.000m) 
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    CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
    (estimations for 2014-15)
    SALARY CAP: $71,100,000; CAP PAYROLL: $70,992,143; BONUSES: $850,000
    CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $107,857

    Jordan29
    Jordan29

    Heres a bored roster dream

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    Kulemin for a 2nd at the deadline

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    Reimer for a 1st in the summer

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    1st+2nd+Gardiner (add something if we must) FOR Weber

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    James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Phil Kessel ($8.000m) 
    Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / David Clarkson ($5.250m) 
    Peter Holland ($0.950m) / Dave Bolland ($4.000m) / Jay McClement ($1.750m) 
    Jerry D'Amigo ($0.700m) / Greg McKegg ($0.660m) / Colton Orr ($0.925m) 
    David Broll ($0.591m) / Frazer McLaren ($0.700m) / 
    DEFENSEMEN
    Dion Phaneuf ($7.000m) / Shea Weber ($7.857m) 
    Carl Gunnarsson ($3.150m) / Morgan Rielly ($0.894m) 
    Tim Gleason ($4.000m) / Cody Franson ($3.500m) 
    T.J. Brennan ($0.800m) / 
    GOALTENDERS
    Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m) 
    Backup ($0.600m) 
    BUYOUTS
    Mike Komisarek ($0.000m) 
    Mikhail Grabovski ($0.000m) 
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    CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
    (estimations for 2014-15)
    SALARY CAP: $71,100,000; CAP PAYROLL: $70,827,143; BONUSES: $1,060,000
    CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $272,857

    Waiting4LSC
    Waiting4LSC

    Saluting the troops.... May I salute Doorman, Yushki and any other great serving or served Canadians that post here. You make a silent contribution, mostly unnoticed. Heartfelt thanks.

    Waiting4LSC
    Waiting4LSC

    Murray: hope you filled your Depends tonight!!!!!!!!

    Dangle_My_Berries
    Dangle_My_Berries

    our boys have some momentum going....need to keep it up.....next week we have 3 very winnable games

    Gozo
    Gozo

    Phil Needs an apologize from all those guys that they criticized him when Toronto were loosing.  

    TuckerWantsDougieForGM
    TuckerWantsDougieForGM

    I think Bozak is a guy who needs some appreciation as well.  This kid came in right out of college and very quickly was thrown out there into a position no one thought he was able to handle.  "He's a #3C and a decent one at that but he's no 1C."  Well kudos to Bozie for thriving under the immense pressure and developing into one of the top 2 way C's in the league.

    Waiting4LSC
    Waiting4LSC

    A lot of us believed in Phil from the day of the trade. Just so pleased the tide has turned and that Phil is receiving the recognition he deserves. Alec and crew, thank younfor the salute to Phil. Always deserving. And a final salute to Naz. To all you Media experts...... Eat humble pie. You will never apologize, but the true fans know you for what you truly are....... Cat litter!

    Dangle_My_Berries
    Dangle_My_Berries

    btw ....next time we play the sens someone needs to kill Zach Smith

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    @Jordan29  

    Reimer won't get you a 1st...especially not in the summer for next years CMD draft.  I think people need to temper their expectations of the return when Reimer is eventually traded.  My two cents.

    Cloud09
    Cloud09

    @Jordan29  Neat idea, I'd roll;


    Rielly-Weber

    Gunnar-Phaneuf

    Gleason-Franson



    wyatt956
    wyatt956

    @ingy56  That guy is hilarious. I love his one-liners and that might be the funniest.

    FrankFerrant
    FrankFerrant

    @TuckerForPunishment I talked my fair share of smack about Bozak once he signed his contract. I'm glad he has made me change my opinion, he has been a big part of the Leafs success this season. I hope he becomes a consistent 60+ point guy, that's reasonable playing with Kessel and JVR. I still don't think he's a top 10 or even 15 centre in the league, he has to prove that and he has the time and opportunity to do so.

    Cloud09
    Cloud09

    @TuckerForPunishment  I've been a big Bozak detractor and I have to say he is playing real well right now and burying the gimme goals that he has missed in the past. However I'll take my lumps when he can keep this kind of production into next season and beyond. It has been a hot streak that's lasted 20 games and I'll take it every single time but lets see how long it lasts first. 

    OTL
    OTL

    @TuckerForPunishment 29 pts in 33 games.  Doing very well.  Phanuef is +17 too....not too shabby all around for a guy who plays against the top opposition on a nightly basis.

    wendelsfist
    wendelsfist

    @Waiting4LSC  I ate my pie during the playoffs last year.  But now he is elevating his game even higher

    WendelGilmour
    WendelGilmour

    @wiski  

    The more of this attitude we have, the better we will be.. Naz is the Man.

    TuckerWantsDougieForGM
    TuckerWantsDougieForGM

    Nono just has to worry about the bottom 3.  And a D-man.  We are so fucking close.  Fuck the need for a 1C.

    Xxxxxnew
    Xxxxxnew

    @Cloud09 @TuckerForPunishment  I think the line has found a chemistry in spite of Bozak not being a typical "star" player. We've seen lines in the past that have been successful without all three being stars, but usually it's featured a checking winger who is good in the corners and does all the little things right. I think the fact Bozak is a centre puts him more in the spotlight because we're used to teams having one of their stars in the middle.

    Waiting4LSC
    Waiting4LSC

    WF: so pleased you are feeling it. Hoping Phil and JVR kill it for us, as will Naz and Luups. Ups and downs with this team, but the ups are GLORIOUS.

    rockydundas
    rockydundas

    @TuckerForPunishment

    Bozak's our boy! And I'd like to add that I've been saying this for a  few years and anyone can go back and look. Feeling vindicated.

    rockydundas
    rockydundas

    @wiski @rockydundas@TuckerForPunishment 

    Yeah, I remember him. I think I've argued with him about Bozak before. Bozie won't ever be Dougie, but there is lots of skill there. Fact is, there aren't a lot of 'true' number one centers out there...not the ones we dream of anyway.