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01-09-2013, 04:05 PM
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Eh, it's not that simple! Chia wins the Kessel trade and gets an A+. Burke wins the Kaberle trade and gets a B+. Of course, no complaints, the bottom line is that we loaded up with some talent we never would have had access to otherwise, and won a Cup. But that Kaberle trade made up for some lost ground.
No...it didn't. The last pick in the first round (making a trade with the best team) and Colborne is hardly anything for a guy who helped an awful PP (not by much but ours was really brutal) and calmed McQuaid down on the third pairing. The only good thing Burke got out of the deal was getting the conditional pick were we to win the cup.
But take that pick away and the trade is Kaberle who was a top pairing D for Toronto and a PP stud for a high second and a soft prospect who had already been shown up as a bust.
Kaberle was valuable enough a year later for Montreal to trade for him, and Carolina gave him a nice contract that summer too.
It wasn't highway robbery at all. Hardly makes up for giving up two franchise cornerstones and Knight for Kessel. And furthermore the year he traded for Phil Phil needed surgery and was gonna miss he start of the year. And Kessel has been great for Toronto and its still an awful trade.
(If Kessel was a Bruin and he put up those goal totals and here was no media drama he'd be a popular guy in our town.)
The Kaberle trade can't be held against Chia. We won the cup. And he did plug a hole. Not to mention he had a hell of a lot of assists in the playoffs for a third pairing D.
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