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06-07-2013, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Mess View Post
Agreed, trading Kessel did absolutely nothing that prevented them from winning the Stanley Cup. He was a spare part, that with our without him didn't effect their success as the Cup win provides.

They did however get a return on investment that many feel in this thread the Leafs could not obtain should they do the same today.
Boston was also up against the salary cap at the time. That doesn't make Kessel a "spare part"; it means they were up against the wall and needed to keep investments in more dire positions.

The 2011 Bruins being good at scoring didn't make Phil Kessel into a run of the mill player, and certainly doesn't make a much more developed Kessel one now with the Leafs

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