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02-28-2013, 11:31 AM
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In the end, we gave Mcdonagh and Higgins for what amounts today to nothing at all.

The Leafs still have Kessel. Whatever you think of him, he is an asset.

If you look at it at the time, these trades are more even. We gave Higgins and a good but unproven prospect for a proven center and guess what, Gomez's first year was all right and he played his part in that final four in the post season. It was a hefty price but I still rather liked Gomez at that point. 0.75ppg I could live with. We know the rest of the story. Ugh.

As for Kessel, he was not traded for Seguin and Hamilton. He was traded for two first and a second. The year before, the Leaf had drafted 10th I believe. Nobody expected adding Kessel to make them Cup contender overnight, but I'd like to see written proof that some people predicted they would nose dive and draft 2nd overall. Such posters would have genuine bragging rights and should put that in their signature.

If the Leafs had merely continued being mediocre and drafted 12th and 13th, that trade wouldn't seem nearly that awful.

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