On September 18, 2009, the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs finalized and made public a trade that sent Phil Kessel to the Leafs in exchange for two first-round selections (2010, 2011) and a second-round selection (2010).
At the time of the trade, Leafs GM Brian Burke was on the look out for a top-notch scorer for a squad that let in the most goals in the 2008-09 season. Their top goalscorer that year was Jason Blake with 25...something needed to change.
The Leafs brought in a solid 30-plus goalscorer while gambling with the loss of two crucial picks that could've made their future even better.
Despite the addition of Kessel, the Leafs actually did worse than the year before, finishing a full seven points back of their previous year's point total and were the worst team in the NHL not named the Edmonton Oilers.
The trade was looked upon as the worst trade in Leafs history, based on the fact that Burke traded away the pick that ended up being second overall, a pick that the Bruins used to choose Tyler Seguin.
Seguin had a great final year in Plymouth, scoring 48 goals and 58 assists for 106 points, tied with Windsor Spitfires forward Taylor Hall for tops in the OHL.
Now, we look back at the trade and as much as we want to trash a good start made by Kessel in 2011-12, he is making a difference in Toronto and making the word "playoffs" mean something to the city for the first time since before the lockout.
Why was this trade a win-win for both clubs?