NHL Trade Rumors: What Is Phil Kessel Worth on the Open Market?

December 1st, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Season after season Toronto Maple Leaf fans patiently await for the day that their beloved Buds will finally make the leap from obscurity to contender. A little over a quarter of the way through the season it appears as if the Leaf Nation will once again have to deal with disappointment.

Despite what some fans are calling a more spirited effort, the Maple Leafs currently sit 27th overall in the standings, a mere five points from the bottom and just two points up on the New Jersey Devils (18) and Edmonton Oilers.

The acquisitions of Phil Kessel, Colby Armstrong, Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom, J.S. Giguere, Kris Versteeg and others have, thus far, failed to bring a better result than last years crew that finished the season 29th overall.

The special teams are a mess, the coaching has been questionable and, while the defense and goaltending look to be marginally improved, the offense is still uglier than Burkie in a mankini!

Needless to say these are not the kind of results that Leaf fans were expecting this season which has caused more than a few armchair general managers to question the moves that Brian Burke made.

While t ...

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