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01-14-2013, 04:02 PM
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How come a Leafs team desperate for goaltending got nothing out of Giggy, who then went on to be lights out for Colorado?
They got nothing out of Stalberg, who was dealt to Chicago for Kris Versteeg. Stalberg had a career year in Chicago (22 goals) and Toronto shipped out Versteeg...who also just had a career year in Florida (23 goals).
Leafs got nothing out of Jiri Tlusty, and shipped him out and he also just had a career year - 17 goals and he has a role in Carolina.
I know they got picks for Versteeg, and Ron Wilson was terrible, but shoving three young guys out and the door and watching them all basically become 20 goal scorers is a bad look for any GM, especially one who is managing a team that needs young talent and scoring.
As far as your Kessel analysis, by any of those potential examples you give - it's still a massive failure for the Leafs. Because you weren't "one Kessel" away from Cup contention, and now, you're in a situation where you're going to have to commit long term to him at like $7 million to keep him, when you could have had promising young talent on entry level deals developing into strong NHL talent.
Why stop there? You could go back 30 years and constantly find players who leave Toronto and become stars...search for Larry Murphy.
This phenomena is not isolated the Burke era.
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