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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Tank Nation UNITE!!!
« on: February 04, 2015, 03:46:26 PM »
Welcome to TMLFans, Chris!

Your scenario is my ideal outcome for Santorelli and Winnik. But if it doesn't happen that way and we get 2nd/3rd rd picks out of the deals, I'm okay with that too. Draft for similar personalities (Santorelli is a Roberts-lite) and our bottom six will do just fine.

Thanks...been reading here for a long time but finally signed up to post when Carlyle was fired.

I would have liked to see a full-out rebuild start when Burke arrived (just think how much further along in the process we'd be right now...5 years, right?) I'd like to see it now, unless...one exception, if there is a way to bring in a true number 1 center to elevate/complement Kessel's game without decimating the rest of the roster. People keep talking about O'Reilly, I haven't seen enough of him to have an opinion if he could be the one. All I know is, right now at least, when we don't have the puck, the Kessel line (JVR/Bozak/Kessel) is essentially playing a man or more down, since Kessel is completely ineffective as a checker...and the others aren't much better. I'd like to see if Kessel could be more effective with a stronger center.

Unfortunately I don't see that player in the system and don't know if we can draft one that would be able to play that role soon enough to take advantage of Kessel's "prime" years.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Tank Nation UNITE!!!
« on: February 04, 2015, 02:10:25 PM »
This team would be much better off if it had a few more Santorelli's on the roster. Watching the game last night, I was struck by the contrast between him and Winnik, versus Kessel and JVR. No comparison in effort level. It looked like Kessel in particular had given up. Sloppy, half-hearted pass attempts, no offensive zone possession, few chances. Is he still injured? If not, there is no excuse for that type of performance. Same with JVR, he was just waving his stick at opponents instead of making a real physical effort to retrieve the puck.

At this point I'd rather keep Santorelli and trade Kessel...keep Santorelli around as a mentor to the younger players on the team (if he is interested in that role). Best option would be to trade him for something now, then resign during the summer, though I don't know how realistic that is.

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