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06-24-2012, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Herby View Post
Kessel has played both positions in his career.

The fact remains, the Kessel trade was not nearly as bad as people on this site make it out to be. If Hamilton develops into a good d-man it will not be a good trade for the Leafs, but lets not overreact here, Kessel is a point per game player with some of the best hands in the league.
I disagree 100%. They gave up more for Kessel than what they would have given up if they signed him to an offer sheet. Maybe Boston would've matched it or something. Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton and Jared Knight (who dropped to the 2nd round but could've easily been a first rounder) could've all been major pieces for the Leafs in their prospect pool. Tyler Seguin is a legit 1st line center (something their missing and we all know how much more important centers are than wingers). Brian Burke tried to speed the process, but really what he did was just put the Leafs back a couple years. Horrible management

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