As I reported earlier in this blog, that The Toronto Maple Leafs were interested in obtaining Boston Bruin restricted free agent Phil Kessel. After lengthy negotiations with the Bruins, and Kessel's agent for a contract, the trade and signing were done today. The Leafs gave up a 1st and 2nd round pick in 2010 and a 1st round pick in 2011, to the Bruins and then immediately signed Kessel to a 5 year deal worth $27 Million or $5.4 Million a year.
I do not agree with giving up two 1st round picks considering they could have signed Kessel to an offer sheet that Boston could not match as they are too close the salary cap, and the Leafs would have only lost a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round pick. Kessel is a great hockey player at 21 years of age and could very well be the next big thing to happen to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but we will not see him action until mid November as he is still recovering from surgery.
Last season Kessel managed to put up 36 goals, 24 assists, for 60 points in 70 games, which I really do not think he will be able to repeat as a Leaf, those numbers will drop, and all these Leaf fans will will start saying that the Leafs are paying him too much money. I say to this, give the kid a break Leaf fans, he is only 21 and if this season does not live up to your expectations of him, I am sure he will return to his 36 or more goals a season. Only time will tell and I cannot wait to experience the Kessel factor this season.