Maybe you are right but maybe i am. I believe that this team dont need that much to be a playoff team. With a gamebreaker superstar forward they could make it. We dont have that player and Phil Kessel is that type of player like it or not.
Offense and speed is our problem... Kessel bring both asset to our lineup.
Bring matteau in and dump an old bot skating forward and we are going in the right way.
I dont think kessel bring us to stanley cup contender.... But at least bring us to playoff.
The issue is yea, it may get you back into the playoff discussion, and once your in anything can happen. But that team still has serious flaws with Kessel that make it a longshot at really contending.
The sort of structural flaws that are going to dictate a full tear down of the offensive group to fix. So why throw good assets after Kessel when the upside is playoffs, not a cup,
and the end game is quite similar to the position they are in now. Only the young defense is a couple years older, and further out of sync age wise with where the forwards should/could be without trading for Kessel.
Figure that by the time the team may be ready contend with Kessel is say 4 years post trade, Phil will be on the wrong side of 30, and far on the wrong side of a goal scorers career arc.
The trap here is to not be the Maple leafs of the Early 00's and think that the core group is held together by anything more than duct tape and keep adding to it.