I just don’t see why it makes sense for washington. In your opinion, this helps because they get speed and a puck mover on the wing,and already have Ribero, then why not try backstrom on the wing with them? IMO, Backsroom would be a better option than Kessel. Plus, Ribeiro is about to be 33. I think they go with Backstrom over him. Call it speculation, but I don’t see Ovi getting along with Kessel.
It sounds more like a good trade because the leafs get a #1 center, and Washington gets a star return back, but this is still a complete loss for Washington.