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11-30-2012, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by topchowda View Post
In a sense he was, they traded 2 1st rounds picks and a 2nd in the upcoming drafts. Burke had a good idea of who he was getting and mortgaged the future on him.

TML and EDM are currently on similar tracks but had the Leafs followed one path they would have an elite core.
Burke traded future for future. Regardless of what a young 21 year old player would bring to the Leafs, Kessel was traded to be a building block for the Maple Leafs... not for just one year to get into the playoffs.

And again, Edmonton's core is very good, I just don't believe it to be vastly superior to the Maple Leafs. In fact, I think it's closer then most would admit here on the board.

So your argument is that Edmonton has an elite core while Toronto has a mediocre core? Given that A. Edmonton currently doesn't have one player putting up the same numbers as some of the Maple Leafs and B. Toronto has a few elite prospects/young NHLers themselves?

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