The problem I have with that is that Phil Kessel has nothing to do with what was given up in the trade, a trade should have no barring on how you evaluate a player(s), that's for the GM to be evaluated by. This trade was 3 years ago, move on, evaluate Phil Kessel on parameters that he can control.
Wait a tick.
Folks that hated the trade got told, wait ,wait you can't judge the deal till you see who they draft, then it was wait, wait we gotta see what those picks look like in the the NHL IF they ever make it,.
NOW! that we are starting to really see what Boston got, we get told get over it, that was so yesterday?
He was the Leafs' leading scorer in the 1963–64, 1966–67 and 1969–70 seasons, and the team's top goal scorer in 1970–71 and 1972–73. Keon was considered one of the fastest skaters in the NHL, and one of the best defensive forwards of his era. He would usually play against the opposing team's top centre, and developed a reputation for neutralizing some of the league's top scorers. In 1970–71, he scored eight shorthanded goals, setting an NHL record.
the minute burke got canned ......kessel was on the hot seat ......and im positive nonis argued the price and the contract were absurd ....now keesel hasto be paid 6-7 mil a year .....hes goneeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Hey you guys know who Kessel reminds me of a lot so far this year?
Matthew Lombardi - lots of speed - skates down the wing - shoots into goalies chest - runs off the ice!
In all seriousness Phil just needs to get his hands a little dirty - if he would just drive the net and start fighting for some space in high traffic zones he'd be dynamite. If he can't do that or doesn't want to then we better get him a true POWER FORWARD to play along side and help create some open ice. Right now he's just getting doubled teamed - and forced to the outside on every opportunity.
It sucks that we traded what would have been 2 franchise players - for a guy that needs to have a great supporting cast around him to succeed. When evaluating PK its important not to be so fast forgetting what we gave up to acquire him. But lets try and focus on how we can get the most out of him while we have him.
So you think Phil is crap for what he's done this year but Hamilton is a franchise player in your mind.
You do have a bit of a point, i mean all Kessel does is skate down the wing and shoot from 35 40 out most of the time. Even if he is snake bitten, drive the net, screen the goalie do the dirty things. This is why Kessel is one dimensial on many occasions he is afraid to do the dirty things. He just skates around and floats around, drive the net kid do the dirty things and you will get rewarded guranteed.