Originally posted by King Zeke
I like the kessel deal,
The real question is, "WHy was Boston willing to part with Kessel?" Simple.
Boston gets Toronto's next 2 First round picks. Toronto will finish bottom 5 for the next 2 years which means Boston will get 2 great players for the cost of one (kessel). Boston is likely to finish near the top of the standings this year which means they would not get a good first round pick without this deal.
This trade enable them to stock up on 2 more. Meanwhile, the leafs now have zero first round picks meaning they cannot get any better than they are now. They have to trade their good players now in order to get a high first round pick.
This is counter productive since although you gain a good player via a draft, you lose a good player via the trade.
I don't see how this trade helps the leafs in the long run. All it does is make them a better team right now, but it's still not enough to get them into the playoffs and definitely not enough to be a stanley cup contender!
So, if you are the leafs...why did you make this deal??? The only way for you to get better is by getting good players via the draft to ADD to your team. You only trade away draft picks when you are going to make a run for the playoffs. Dumb Dumb Dumb
Once again, the leafs drop the ball.