Dion Phaneuf to the Maple Leafs
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01-31-2010, 03:01 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: San Diego
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As far as what Burke is doing. I still don't like it. He has a pretty good sniper in Kessel, and a potential #1 dman in Phaneuf. However, the cost for Kessel may be a Hall/Seguin (2 guys projected to be better players than Kessel, and a likely top 10 pick again next year because I don't see this team being any good again)....And while the Phaneuf deal is definitely the right move for them, I don't see the other pieces coming together quick enough for them to have a legitimate shot at contending any time soon.
No doubt, they have a
long way to go
. And we'll just have to see how the 2010 picks turn out vs. Kessel, though if I'm Burke, I really care little about how Hall/Seguin perform, what matters is how Kessel performs.
I'm just looking at it from a standpoint of adding important pieces. To your point, I have no idea how he's going to find quality down the middle and longer-term in goal. (It's exceedingly early, so it's premature to make any firm assessment, but in the 8 or so games I've seen Gustavsson, I've been highly unimpressed.)
That said, June of last year, I would have said same about the chances of him acquiring a sniper and quality dman.
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