A little over a season ago Lupul was a salary dump that cost his club himself, a first rd blue chip prospect in Gardiner and a 4th rd pick. Now he is being offered a multi-year deal worth 5+ mil per year. I don't think he disliked Carlyle enough for that. Kessel on the other hand can get paid wherever he goes. With no primary star here Kessel is exposed. If he goes to a more talent laden team he could get paid a boatload and excel. Until then I am fearful that Carlyle's style will continue to stifle him and he will just want out of here as the losses rack up.
Having watched Kessel play early into the season, I don't get the impression that he is being stifled whatsoever. He has plenty of ice time and the same golden opportunities we have grown to expect with him. He has still only been a goal post and a magnificent save away from breaking the goose egg.
Kessel is not unaccustomed from being snake bitten in the past. He once went 14 games without a goal under Ron Wilson.
I have no worries about Phil at this time. And as long as the team is winning more often than not during this time, only spells good things for our future.