I have to start off this article with a couple of Leafs Nation disclaimers.
First, I realize Phil Kessel has already been a Boston Bruin, but the headline is in regards to life from here on in for the Leafs forward.
Second, this is not an indictment of Phil Kessel. I think he is a very skilled hockey player, and I have nothing against him personally. Kessel has always been an electric, dangerous scorer in his career and has added a second dimension this season with his improved vision and passing.
The time is drawing very near for the Toronto Maple Leafs to decide what they want to do with their first-line right winger. His contract is up after next season and he will be looking for a big pay raise from his current contract and $5.4 million dollar cap hit.
Should the Leafs offer up one of those contracts that will keep the annual salary reasonable and give him the term that would make Kessel a Leaf for life? Surely, Phil and his agent will seek a long-term home run type of deal that not only makes him a Leaf for life, but at an annual salary close to the top players in the league.
Here are five reasons that Phil Kessel should not be a Leaf for life.