Agree with some, diasgree with more.
We are not regressing with Burke. We're just not progressing as quickly as we should be. Look at the leafs roster when Burke took over, and look at it now. There is no way that team is better than the team now (prospects included).
Also, please don't say kessel is a top 6 forward on any team. He's a top line forward on any team in the league. Therefore he's a top 3. But I do agree, he's not a franchise player. Until we get a Center and goalie we're not winning anything, I agree. Also, please tell me how Lupul and Grabo aren't legit top 6 forwards? If Lupul isn't a top 6 forward, the habs don't have a single top 6 forward either.
As for the contracts. Connolly one sucks, but its only two years, that's manageable. Komisarek contract I have no argument for. Grabo one is debatable.. he's definitely overpaid, but we can't just lose our best center to free agency. He's not a first line center, but he's a very solid second line center so I can live with it. Assuming the cap keeps going up that's a very manageable contract.
Burkes free agency signings are questionable, but he makes up for any of them with his trades. You can't deny he wins trades. And like I said, in hindsight we lost the kessel trade for sure. But at the time it was fine, just the team was misjudged and did way worse than we thought. If we finished a few spots better, we win the trade. But ya with the way things worked out we lost it, no argument.