How many ways can a person say no?
My lord, who wants the Leafs core?
Six pieces, including a top ten goaltender, all star defenseman (far better than Phaneuf btw), another top 6/4 blueliner, two first rounders... OMG NO!
A vacancy and a floater/cherry picker coming back this way.
That's a hell of a lot to give up to get Reilly.
I disagree, the only thing that worries me is giving up Two first's, if it was 1 I would likely pull the trigger in a heartbeat.
Imagine Kessel in our top 6, Phaneuf isn't quite as good as Edler IMO but he is close and maybe on our team can regain his form from first few years in Calgary, and Rielly is Rielly.
We give up Lu would is expendable, I'm a big Ballard fan but this is a deal I would certaintly include him in, Raymond doesn't mean much in this deal other than to fill a top 9 forward spot since they lose Kessel, and of course as I said the two 1sts are a really scaring price, but it is something I would highly consider and probably do.
From Toronto's perspective, 0 chance they do it IMO, Burke still believe Phaneuf is the same Phaneuf he was in Calgary, he thinks Kessel the main piece to his team upfront, and he would have taken Rielly over Yakupov or anyone else in last years draft.
Very unrealistic and no chance it gets accepted.
And your "one-trick wonder" comment is rich. What exactly does Stamkos do, besides score goals? Has he made Tampa better? They didn't even make the playoffs last year! If a guy can score 30 annually, that's a pretty valuable "one-trick", is it not?
Stamkos back checks, is decent at faceoffs and actually has a much better defensive game than Kessel, plus the offense he supplies far superseeds and weakness he has (and there aren't any glaring one's) If Kessel could put up 60 Goals, I doubt anyone here would even mention his weakness's.