Ritter’s Rant: 10 Reasons The Leafs Did Well In Landing Phil Kessel

Posted: 20th September 2009 by Mark Ritter in NHL
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Written By: Mark "The Hard Hitter" Ritter Here are 10 things I know about the recent acquisition of Phil Kessel from the Boston Bruins by the Toronto Maple Leafs: 1. The deal was a good one for both sides. The Leafs, who desperately needed a top-six prospect, got their man. The Bruins, who desperately needed some salary cap space, relieved the pressure of a poorly managed cap. 2. When you shake down what the Leafs gave up for Kessel, you have to keep in mind what they didn’t give up—All-Star defenseman Tomas Kaberle. At first glance, a first and second round draft pick in 2010 and a first rounder in 2011 seems a steep price for the Leafs to pay, but I’d rather give up "what-ifs" to keep the proven Kaberle. 3. Keep in mind that ...

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