Re: Bruins Fire Head of Scouting
posted at 7/18/2013 2:06 PM EDT
The Kessel debate could go on forever, and probably will. I think the key difference is separating the feelings that you like a certain player from the practicality of building a successful team. This was illustrated when dez was accused of not liking Seguin because he liked the trade with Dallas. You can like the player and see the talent, yet still support a trade given the bigger picture.
That was what the Kessel debate was about, and the Seguin debate looks to be headed in the exact same direction.
(Side note: marco, it would help me in trying to treat you like a normal poster if you would just admit that you are bruins8 and stanjon. I alreayd know. Otherwise we have to go through this confusing silliness...)
Criticizing the Kessel deal now will never have very solid footing, even if Kessel becomes an MVP. The trade was instrumental in the Bruins winning the Cup, which is what the goal is, right? Before any other returns, the Kessel deal freed up $5.5 million a year which was ultimately used to sign Chara and/or Horton. If you keep Kessel you don't get that, and keep in mind how critical those two were to the Cup run. So, it was a good deal. A great deal.
Beyond that, you now have to evaluate Kessel vs. Hamilton, Eriksson, Knight, Morrow, Reilly, and Fraser. Still looks good to me.
Seguin may end up being the same way. We don't have to root for Seguin to do poorly, or second guess ourselves if he doesn't. We can just worry about how the needed cap relief and four players from Dallas work out for our team. We shall see...