Have Tides Turned In Toronto?

Quick thought of the am. I am writing from the back of a cab on the way to o’hare airport so pardon the typos etc.

Phil keseel may never play as a Maple Leaf. There are really interesting articles this am by Bob Mckenzie and Kevin Paul Duppnt and a blog last night by Damien Cox that suggest the Kessel saga is almost over. It us clear that Brian Burke and Phil Kessel are both interested in moving past the dating stage though. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen.

What is interesting is that a top free agent wants to come here. But for his restricted status, it’s safe to say he would be here. I ask you rhetorically when was the last time a top notch free agent in any sport did ? Many a scribe, especially the one who’s last name rhymes with merger constantly laments on the fact that Toronto sucks.

So, while Burke may be left at the alter, it may be time that the Leafs are again becoming an attractive destination. That’s cool.

By the way Berger is on the record as being opposed to a deal for Kessel

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September 18, 2009 3:52 pm

Kessel is American,Burke runs the USA team,Wilson coaches it,Kessel wants to play on it.I don’t think this is to be ignored when looking at the Kessel situation.I am officially off the 2 firsts + for Kessel bandwagon.Why the hell didn’t we sign Mike Cammalleri, all it would have cost is money,and not much more than what Kessel will want.Sure he’s about 5 years older,but he’s not an old man

September 18, 2009 5:17 pm

Eggbert might be right; however, you can’t help but believe that Burke has added credibility and stability to the organization…others will want to join the party regardless of other motives like the Olympic team.

September 18, 2009 6:18 pm

@Lt67: If I knew we were going to go back to the trading of 1st round picks(as a quick fix) bullshit,I would have advocated signing Mike Cammalleri and his like during the free agent frenzy.I think Leaf fans have more patiance than our Pope presiding in the Vatican.I guess we have no other choice than to go for the ride and hope for the best.

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