Gomez vs Kessel trade - Which one was worse?
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02-28-2013, 06:59 AM
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In terms of production, the Gomez trade was by far the worst of the two; however, we did manage to make the playoffs twice as well as the Eastern conference final with him/Gio/Cammy. What we lost, however, Higgins and McDonagh (arguably one of, if not, the Rangers most valuable Dman at the moment).
Kessel on the other hand has been delivering as expected with at least 30 goals each season with the Leafs, but the price they paid was far more than what we lost... Seguin aided in Boston's playoff and inevitable Stanley Cup championship and has become a strong offensive asset for them. Then there's Dougie Hamilton, which I am positive, will become a top Dman in the future. Kessel has been putting numbers on the board for the Leafs, but since his arrival they still have yet to make the playoffs.
So, if you look at the overall picture of how things turned out the Kessel trade was by far worst; however, he is an effective piece to their team currently. But, in terms of making an impact for the team in the long-run and fulfilling their expectations, the Gomez trade is worse as we essentially gave away McDonagh for someone we were forced to buyout this season.
I think it was mentioned by someone else early, but Leafs management probably did not think they would be giving away 2nd and 9th overall the next two seasons, while our management knew that we were giving away one of our premiere prospects.
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