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Re: PHIL KESSEL WINS STANLEY CUP
« Reply #75 on: October 03, 2016, 05:10:53 PM »
We should love Kessel (even) more.

http://www.theplayerstribune.com/jim-rutherford-what-you-dont-know-about-being-a-gm/

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In July, when it became clear that we had a shot at bringing in Phil Kessel, we had to make a big decision. Acquiring Kessel would cost us not only young talent and draft picks, but it would also come with a significant salary-cap hit. Thereís always a cost. In this case, we had to be sure that Phil would fit into our room, and into our system.

In times like that, you have to rely on your box. Inside your box is all the stuff you canít look up on the Internet. During your travels in this game, from city to city, hotel to hotel, you talk to a lot of people. You hear things. You learn all kinds of things about players. And you file it all away in your box. Over my 30 years as a GM, my box has gotten pretty full.

It was always my understanding from my intel around the league that Phil was a good guy. If I have one defining management philosophy, itís that I really believe in second chances. If a player is a good guy, and heís got talent, and you give him a second chance, heíll give you everything heís got.

The Kessel decision ultimately came down to a simple fact about the NHL that never seems to change: Itís hard to score goals in this league. Itís just hard. But Phil was a guy who had scored them year after year. He had been in a fishbowl in Toronto and he still scored 30 every year. I felt if we gave him a second chance, heíd really thrive in Pittsburgh.

So Phil came into our locker room that fall and, after watching him for a few weeks, I filed a new note into my box:

Phil Kessel isnít a good guy, after all. Heís a great guy.

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Re: PHIL KESSEL WINS STANLEY CUP
« Reply #76 on: October 03, 2016, 06:06:10 PM »

I am pro-Phil and wish him well but Jim Rutherford got a first-rate NHL wing for an incredible price so there's a limit to the extent that I care that he thinks Kessel is a swell fella to boot.

There's nothing to regret about the deal from the Leafs end but I don't think any of us should be happy about those circumstances either. Rutherford seems to have been willing to let the deal die if the Leafs wouldn't eat salary so it's not exactly an act of genius on his part either.
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Re: PHIL KESSEL WINS STANLEY CUP
« Reply #77 on: October 03, 2016, 08:15:58 PM »
That article had some great stuff about Phil and all but everybody needs to read it for the story about Trevor Daley and the promise his mom made him.

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Re: PHIL KESSEL WINS STANLEY CUP
« Reply #78 on: October 06, 2016, 10:39:13 AM »


I love the guy, but I don't think anybody would ever guess that Phil's one of the most gifted hockey players on the planet just by looking at him.

Also, you're seeing the President get your suit tailored man.

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« Reply #79 on: October 06, 2016, 10:45:02 AM »
Also, you're seeing the President get your suit tailored man.

I was just coming here to post the same thing. Rumpled collar, poorly fitting suit...never change Phil.
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Re: PHIL KESSEL WINS STANLEY CUP
« Reply #80 on: October 06, 2016, 10:45:15 AM »
He looks like the unassuming Plot-twist Double Agent from Act 1 in a spy movie.

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Re: PHIL KESSEL WINS STANLEY CUP
« Reply #82 on: October 06, 2016, 12:51:12 PM »
I know there's almost no chance Obama actually wrote that line but I'd really like to pretend that they're best friends and hang out on a regular basis.

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Re: PHIL KESSEL WINS STANLEY CUP
« Reply #83 on: October 06, 2016, 02:37:00 PM »

Adding Crosby to the list of superstars with near/eidetic memories. (LeBron James, Steven Stamkos, Joe Quenneville).

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« Reply #84 on: October 06, 2016, 02:45:03 PM »
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Re: PHIL KESSEL WINS STANLEY CUP
« Reply #85 on: October 10, 2016, 11:40:34 PM »


On his feed there's also a shot of the front of the ring. They're quite spiffy.
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« Reply #86 on: October 11, 2016, 12:10:17 AM »

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Re: PHIL KESSEL WINS STANLEY CUP
« Reply #87 on: October 18, 2016, 10:59:53 AM »

The Year of Kessel remains hilariously awkward:

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Re: PHIL KESSEL WINS STANLEY CUP
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« Reply #89 on: November 07, 2016, 02:56:17 PM »



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