February 3, 2013
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli: Don't judge Brian Burke's Maple Leafs tenure on Phil Kessel trade

Bruins forward Tyler Seguin was only part of the return for Phil Kessel when Brian Burke brought him to the Maple Leafs back in 2009. (CHRIS WATTIE/Reuters)

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.