With Kessel, future is now for Leafs

Updated: September 18, 2009, 11:36 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Much will be said and written in the coming days about Toronto GM Brian Burke mortgaging the future to acquire his magnificent obsession, former Boston forward Phil Kessel.

And with his giving up two first-round draft picks and a second-round pick Friday for a young player who has three NHL seasons under his belt and is coming off offseason shoulder surgery, the temptation will be to suggest Burke overpaid.

Toronto, after all, is a team that has become unparalleled ...

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