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Kessel traded to Toronto (5yrs/$27M)
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09-18-2009, 10:51 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
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Kessel is a young rising star.
I can understand why Toronto did that.
The trade breaks down like this
Kessel = Toronto's 1st in 2010
So really the value is a 2011 pick and a a 2nd in 2010. That isn't alot to give up for a 21 yr old coming off of a 36 goal season.
You have to look at it from Maple Leafs perspective. When was the last time you recall the Leafs having a player this gifted at such a young age? Maybe Sundin after trade with Quebec.
How could you say thats not giving up a lot?????? Toronto hasnt really shown any signs of improvement. Sure they revamped their defense but the guys on that blueline do not in any way make them a contender. They handed out the big money to Komisarek but he is not a guy who will be a deciding factor for them. Komi makes them somewhat stronger on defense but thats just with toughness because there are flaws in his game.
So in essence, toronoto will most likely not being doing much at all this year which gives Boston a hight 1st round pick for the 2010 draft. Now after this season you could try and argue that toronto can just go out and sign a forward in free agency to complement kessel and take some of the load off of him. But here's the problem, Burke, like sather, is not managing the cap wisely and he is using a lot of his space up. I just dont see how he's gona be able to pull this off. A premiere free agent forward isnt gona want to go to a struggling team unless the money is there and theres a good chance it might not be. On top of that, walking into the toronto media is like walking into the lion's den. I mean there just isnt much there to entice a free agent forward.
Now obviously where I'm getting at is that toronto will most likely struggle for the next 2 years. They dont have a deep farm system with any forward talent thatll blow someone away. And now they just handed over two 1st round picks to their division rival. This one will bite Burke in the ass BIG TIME
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