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Toronto column: Leafs should deal Kessel, keep top pick

It hasn't been a happy start for Phil Kessel. (Photo from Twitter feed @PKessel81)

By Mike Harrington

As the Toronto Maple Leafs hit town for tonight's game against the Sabres, I'm still pondering this column in Monday's Toronto Star by veteran columnist Damien Cox.

Cox said the Leafs should trade winger Phil Kessel, who has no goals in five games, and not trade away their first-round pick next season (former GM Brian Burke, remember, traded their top pick in 2010 to Boston for Kessel and the Bruins turned the choice into Tyler Seguin.).

Maybe this doesn't happen until the trade deadline April 3 but it's sure an interesting scenario, given the fact Kessel is clearly Toronto's No. 1 player.

Speaking of the Leafs, here's a report from their practice Monday. Ex-Sabre Clarke MacArthur sounds doubtful due to a lacerated pinky (ouch). Meanwhile, captain Dion Phaneuf is shaking his head trying to figure out how he went minus-7 over the last two games as the Leafs dropped both, allowing 12 goals in the process, to join the Sabres at 2-3.


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Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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