Morning Hits: Kessel, Gill, Jagr, Scheifele and a Rising Salary Cap


  • Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Indications are that Phil Kessel wants to stay in Toronto and that they want to keep him. An eight-year deal in the $70 million range could be in the offering. If this is the case, the Maple Leafs need to get it done by Christmas.
  • Mark Masters: Unrestricted free agent Hal Gill on why teams haven’t been calling: “There’s a lot of good, young players coming up & they want to see what they can do. To be honest with you, I have a lot to prove coming off a bad yr on a team that didn’t make the playoffs.”
  • Toronto Sun: Looking like this will be Jaromir Jagr’s last season in the NHL.

    “It looks like it will be my last season, so I can’t be too risky,” Jagr said.

  • Tyler Harper of the Winnipeg Free Press: Jets prospect Mark Scheifele is gunning for a roster spot with the team.

    “My goal is to earn a spot on the Jets, and that’s what I’m going to go to camp and do, and do whatever it takes to get that spot,” he said Monday.

    He had 39 goals and 40 assists in 45 games with the Barrie Colts (OHL) last season. He added 41 points in the playoffs.

  • The Score: Elliotte Friedman said on The Fan’s “Prime Time Sports” that there are some people that expect the salary cap could go up to $80 million by the 2017-18 season, four years from now.
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  1. #1 by hotwings at August 22nd, 2013

    That supposed Kessel contract is a bit ludicrous. 5 years would be ideal… 8yrs is a little out there…

  2. #2 by leafsfan (905) 420 at August 22nd, 2013

    8 years is fine fuck all rhe guy had done is score goals since coming into the league at 18 maybe 19 but I would like to see more close to 8 mill a year then 9

  3. #3 by I_am_I at August 22nd, 2013

    Maybe, but Kessel will get 8. That takes him to 34 so he should be good throughout the deal.

    Dollar value seems high by a million AAV, Nash was 8 years @ $62.4M as an UFA as well in 2010. Closest comparable for UFA winger WRT salary, term and age I think. $8.75M would give him the second highest cap hit in the league.

  4. #4 by leafsfan (905) 420 at August 22nd, 2013

    Yee he will get the 8 mill for sure but nash wiuld get way more now in todays market a better comparable would be corey perry

  5. #5 by I_am_I at August 22nd, 2013

    Perry is a good example. I’ll accept that. Agree closer to 8 than 9. I do disagree that all he does is score goals, if you put him with someone that can score he sets them up too.

  6. #6 by leafsfan (905) 420 at August 23rd, 2013

    I was just given an example cause scorung goals is by no means easy to do but he has more career assists then goals, but where perry is better at d then kessel via perry has better size and uses it, kessel is showing his willing to play d in his end, also I do agree witb your point and will expand on it , imo kessel’s potential is being held back in toronto beacuse he dosnt have another great player to play with, honeslty I think biggest mmistake of the offseason was not getting mike riebero , mofo can set up anybody and it isnt hard to set kessel up , imagine how good kessel wiuld be if he was still on boston playing with bergeron

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