Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Where's Kilger?

The Florida Panthers granted Chad Kilger a personal leave of absence when he was traded to them by the Leafs at the trade deadline. Unfortunately, Kilger's personal time has expired and he has not reported back to his team. As a result, the Panthers have suspended him without pay. Now, I don't condone this lack of communication by Kilger, but if he is angered by being traded then I can somewhat understand. Kilger is only 32 years old. In his 12 years in the NHL he has played on 8 different teams. But the Cornwall Ontario native was playing his best hockey in these past 3 years as a Maple Leaf. He played 214 games with the Buds and scored 41 goals and 73 points. Not impressive you say? Well consider he was doing that in a checking role and at an average of 11:38 of ice time per game (this year anyway, and probably pretty close to that in the last couple of years.) Now that's not bad.
Whenever I saw Kilger play in the blue and white he played with grit and soul. He was a +1 on a shitty Leafs team this year. Only 6 other Leafs who have played more than 40 games had a better +/- than him. His 10 goals ranked him 8th on the club.
He still has another year on his contract that pays him $900,000 per season. Worth his value.
Surely Cliff Fletcher could have flogged someone else! Kilger was a bright spot on the roster. I can just imagine how disappointed he is, and how he must be thinking to himself: "Dammit! I give this much effort and I still can't stick with an NHL team!" Let alone a team he probably dreamed of playing for in the first place.
Nah, the gutless Ponikarovski's and Antropov's get to stick with the club and a hearty guy like Kilger gets the boot. I don't like it. It's a business, but I don't like it.

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At March 5, 2008 at 7:43 p.m. , Blogger James said...

Yeah, sucks he got traded for a 5th round pick or whatever. He's been having some personal troubles lately though so wasn't playing that often for the buds.

Hope whatever is up works out for him and he gets back on with the Panthers.. Gritty player who I liked a lot on the leafs too!

At March 6, 2008 at 8:03 a.m. , Anonymous Temujin said...

This is all Mats Sundin's fault.

At March 6, 2008 at 10:45 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Blame Mats Sundin! Blame Mats Sundin!
Typical Linden Lover!

At March 6, 2008 at 12:33 p.m. , Blogger Jes GÅ‘lbez said...

Nah, the gutless Ponikarovski's and Antropov's get to stick with the club and a hearty guy like Kilger gets the boot. I don't like it. It's a business, but I don't like it.

Oh, so the Russians must be heartless, and the good old Canadian boy is full of piss and vinegar. Whatev.

Kilger is a dime a dozen, and appears to lack any sort of professionalism. Part of the job involves a lot of travel and trades. If he wants stability, get an office job.

At March 6, 2008 at 1:39 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Oh sure, like I said, there's no excuse for the lack of communication on Kilger's part.
I just don't agree with dumping him for a draft pick because he was a bright spot on the team, regardless if those types are a dime a dozen. Oh yeah, he's good on the PK as well. I'm wondering if this is playing a part in his absence.
Antropov is a gutless Kazach!!! I was singling him and Ponikarovsky out as gutless and inconsistent.
Not generalizing the Russian race!
You wanna see gutless though, check out Slovak players!!! :) I kid, Jes. Put your nunchucks away.


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