So Burkie is going to pay $4.5-$5 million per(cap hit)for a player with no arbitration rights and his buddy Slats talks about leverage(which he has for only 1 season)on his group II.
Completely disingenuous comment, RB. Burke is looking to acquire a player he otherwise didn't control. Not at all comparable. If the Rangers trade Dubi to someone who desperately wants him, you can draw the parallel to that team... And Toronto. In such a case, the Rangers would be comparable to BOSTON. As it stands, with no deal in the works, they're not comparable to either.
A rebuilding team, and he gave up TWO firsts AND a second.
Kessel is good, he's not THAT good.
IF you are going to give up 2 1sts and a second , you might as well throw in a good player and prospect and go for Kovalchuk. Get him signed and you have yourself a 50goal scorer, which you wouldn't be able to draft in the middle of the first round.
Plus, Kovy would have been 3-4 million more, but you're getting a proven 50 goal scorer, great team guy, and no history of past injuries.