Should Phil Kessel Be Traded? No, and Here’s Why It’s a Bad Idea

March 16th, 2012 by Derek Scarlino Leave a reply »
For those unfortunate enough to have the media filter of their favorite team be that of the Toronto media, you may have seen up and down sportswriter (in regards to rationality) Damien Cox's recent piece in the Toronto Star on why the Maple Leafs should give up on Phil Kessel.

While Cox is certainly more reputable than many other Toronto writers like the Sun's Steve Simmons (though, who isn't?), this argument falls flat on its face in many ways. Not only that, but the 56 percent of people who answered "Yes" in the poll featured in said article are really out of touch.

Let's start with the obvious: Why would Brian Burke trade Phil Kessel?

Because he lost his mind?

While there's always the possibility of a trade which involves any given player, probability rules the day. The probability of Brian Burke even wanting to trade Kessel has got to be among the lowest on the current Maple Leafs roster. Simply, if you think Burke would do it, you are probably very impressed with fire and those who can make it.


What's in it for the Leafs?

That aside, in considering Kessel's value, The Star's own follo ...

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