Toronto Maple Leafs Breaking News: Phil Kessel To Centre Top Line

December 4th, 2010 No Comments

In a move that wreaks of desperation, the Toronto Maple Leafs will start Phil Kessel at centre tonight when they face the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre.

Kessel, who volunteered for the move, has spent his entire career as a winger, so I am not so sure the move is going to pay off.

The good news is Kessel is humming along with a 60 percent success rate in the face off circle, That said, he has only taken ten face offs on the season, so it’s really not a relevant stat.

Listed at 6’0”, 202 pounds, Kessel should be alright in the size department, but I just cannot see how a player who often shy’s away from contact is going to compete down the middle on a nightly basis.

In another move, rookie forward Nazem Kadri has been demoted to the fourth line where, outside of some additional power play time, he will see limited action.

It’s another questionable move in a long line of desperate attempts to right the sinking ship that is our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs.

These latest moves come on the heals of the Maple Leafs’ 5-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at the ACC on Thursday night.

Fans booed the Leafs throughout the contest, many of which called for head coach Ron Wilson to be fired.

Hampered by a lack of talent up front and some questionable compete levels from the troops that are suiting up, Wilson has made numerous moves this season in an effort to get the team going.

In the end, few, if any of the moves, have worked out, which puts Wilson and general manager Brian Burke in the firing lines of the fans.

While I would agree to do nothing would be asinine, one gets the feeling that these recent moves is akin to the Maple Leafs waiving a white flag—please hockey Gods, save our sinking ship!

Until next time,


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