There are a lot of options with Kessel. They could trade him, for one. Another option would be to hang onto him and hope that they'd be able to sign a guy like Getzlaf as a UFA in the off-season (lots of cap space), which would totally change their team.
This is kinda sidestepping from your original "rebuild" argument no?
Their organization isn't going to rebuild after all the bandaiding they have done, they are going to add pieces and wait for their young players to become good enough that it will create a mix that will make them a highly competitive team.
And can we all just stop with the "the Kings simply got hot!" nonsense? Look at their roster. Mike Richards. Jeff Carter. Anze Kopitar. Dustin Brown. Drew Doughty. Jonathan Quick. Great character depth like Stoll, Greene, Mitchell, Williams. Underachieving is different than "squeaking into the playoffs and getting hot". Their roster is loaded, and that's why they won the Cup. You can't fluke your way to the finals on a "hot streak". To think that Toronto could somehow mimic a performance like theirs because they simply acquired Roberto Luongo is downright laughable.
Actually to some extent they did, no one was sure about anything heading into the playoffs, after we choked they gain confidence and caught fire, they were unachieving but I didn't seem like they were going to doing that.
Connolly waived implications:
Bozak and Kadri are going nowhere. Sorry Smashian, maybe you can start rooting for the leafs.
Here's my guess
Toronto still in and Nucks are asking/getting
Gardiner/Biggs and a 2nd
Gardiner isn't happening, we can wait till the next ice age and it won't happen, that won't change even if the Leafs season is on the brink of heading down the tubes, and that won't change in the offseason, I don't see how people can't understand that.
I guess we will wait till the offseason then, after moving 2 top 9 capables center's after Kadri impressed and made the team (Didn't you say he was a career AHLer btw?) Then Frattin will likely take the other spot, they are nuts thinking Bozak is the solution to the top line center spot though, & James Riemer hasn't had a good camp at all, even without Lombardi and Connolly moving Bozak + non roster prospects and a pick for Luongo is alot mroe beneifical to them than keeping Bozak.
I guess we will see what happens, Toronto doesn't seem to have anything to give up other than unmovables.