This is the perfect opportunity for him elevate his game. To put this team on his back and get out of this slump, but so far he has failed to do so. He finally realized that he can't be the go-to-guy, and carry the offense. Now he's just coasting, until a deal in the off-season.
Your saying Booth is a second liner? And Kesler is a 3rd line center? I better bow down to your infinite hockey knowledge.
It's not hard to understand what the sentence "1st/2nd winger OR a 3rd line center" means.
He the type of guy who can jump up and down the lineup, but is best suited as the shutdown center (aka 3rd center). He's not a guy who can anchor his own line, because of his lack of ability to use his linemates.
TheRussianRocket™, on 28 February 2014 - 01:12 AM, said:
Was autocorrect. Meant to say could of but would of was written down instead. And okay, you're right. Let's just take this for comparison:
Guessing your team is the Ducks. When they missed the playoffs and Getzlaf didn't hit 20 goals for 4 straight seasons, why didn't you just trade him for a guy like Couturier and Read? Oh yea, cause it's not the best return you can get.
..Just cause you have a valuable and someone bids something worth a fraction of it doesn't mean you do it.
Getzlaf isn't a goal scorer, to begin with and he was still a point per game player (aside from the 2011 season) during those 3 years. That's why he's would fetch more than Kesler.
Getzlaf is a franchise #1 center, while Kesler is a 1st/2nd line winger or a 3rd center.
TheRussianRocket™, on 28 February 2014 - 01:01 AM, said:
Why did I bring it up? To compare and it's a very good comparison at that. Also, Kes now is > Richards when he got traded so you basically beat your own point for me. Kes is signed short term to a very reasonable deal. If traded to Philly let's say, huge % he resigns there cause they'll become contenders and if I'm not mistake, he's the one who signed the offer sheet from them initially. In this case, Kes's contract and play > Richards when he was traded which therefore = more value...Kesler is also a 40 goal scorer and leading goal scorer on this team without having any reason isle linemates.
You really think Kesler is worth more now than Richards when he was traded?
Mike Richards' last three seasons with Philadelphia, he had a combine 208 points. while Kesler's last FOUR seasons he had 173 points. Richards was always considered one of the best two-way players, at that time too. Going up against Crosby, Ovechkin, and Zetterberg in the playoffs.
For years now, it seem like we've been trying to find the right players for Kesler.
People need to realize that it's not his linemates that's the problem, it's him. He's not an ideal 2nd line center, certainly not a player who you can rely on to anchor his own line. He needs elite players to help him produce (ala Burrows).
Best option for the team is to trade him for depth in our lineup and/or a bluechip prospects, since his value is still fairly high.