Thread: Value of: Phil Kessel
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02-01-2011, 12:36 PM
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I've always thought that Brian Burke's biggest failing as GM of the Leafs was not the Kessel trade itself, but the failure to recognize what he actually was getting in Kessel: A pure goal scorer. He can't attain his highest value for the team without a decent set-up guy.

Instead, he sunk a bunch of money into the defense corps. Fine, that worked in Anaheim... but Anaheim also had enough skilled forwards to make a more defensive, hard-hitting type system work. Different animal in Toronto.

Basically, right now the Kessel trade looks like a massive steal for Boston. But if Burkie can take some of the money from his expiring Dman contracts and lure say, a Brad Richards to Toronto... I think Kessel will start to show his true value. It's just a shame that it has taken 2 seasons and potentially 2 lottery picks to get it done.

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