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02-01-2011, 12:36 PM
Join Date: Jun 2010
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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