Strome + 2013 first would be my asking price for Kessel from the Islanders, not saying they would do it just saying if I was the Leafs GM this would be my lowest I would go.
i agree with this. strome has good potential as a top line center imo and the first will likely be a top 10 pick if not top 5. i dont think it would be worth it to take a less pick or a lesser prospect from a leafs point of view.
The fact is the Isles are not yet in a position to make this kind of deal. They would be making the same exact mistake Toronto made, only they would have a player under team control for even less time.
You don't trade away top prospects in a deal for an established player unless that player is going to get your team over the hump. If the Isles were already a playoff team, and though Kessel could make them a contender, it may be reasonable. But I doubt anyone looks at the Isles right now and thinks they are a contender, even with Kessel.
Kessel is a one note offensive force on the rightside. He starts and finishes plays fast. If he could harness his speed like Grabner has hed be an elite winger for Tavares. That line would score at will from any zone on the ice.