Don’t judge Brian Burke’s Maple Leafs tenure on Phil Kessel trade
Brian Burke’s legacy as Maple Leafs general manager should not be judged solely on the Phil Kessel trade.
So says Peter Chiarelli, the man who traded Phil the Thrill to Toronto in the first place.
With his team being referred to as the “Boston Maple Leafs” because of the number of key players that are on the Bruins roster thanks to deals with the Leafs, Chiarelli said Saturday that he does not think it is fair that Burke’s body of work in Toronto be based on that one deal.
“I don’t think it is,” Chiarelli said during the Bruins morning skate at the Air Canada Centre. “When you are in this job, we all have made deals that we’d like to have back. We’ve all made deals that we’d like to have a do-over on.
“I’m not saying Brian feels that way about the (Kessel) trade. I don’t know that. I mean, they got a 35-goal scorer out of the deal.”