Brian Burke Gets His Man: A Closer Look At the Deal for Phil Kessel

Posted: 19th September 2009 by Derek Harmsworth in NHL
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  It’s just after 10 AM on a Saturday morning in Toronto.  It’s September.  The mornings are cooler these days, but the sun which makes the dew on the grass glisten like diamonds can be an enchanting scene as you read your morning paper and enjoy a coffee. Especially when you’re Brian Burke and no doubt skewered across the front of any paper he picks up will be a picture and headline that he had a direct hand in. After months of speculation and attempts, Brian Burke got his man yesterday, officially obtaining the rights to Phil Kessel.  He then quickly signed Kessel to a five-year, $27 million contract. Somewhere Brian Burke is smiling.  And don’t take it for granted, it doesn’t happen a lot. The Maple Leafs, however, paid a stiff pric ...

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