No question the Toronto media is unbearable. For that reason alone I suspect Toronto is on as many no-trade lists as Winnipeg. Perhaps Kessel's baggage is only related to that, but the way that team caved last year after the new year I'm pretty sure that can't be laid at the feet of the media. And Kessel (along with Kadri and Phaneuf) is a perceived leader. To go from a playoff spot to drafting 4th overall takes some serious doing. Now perhaps Toronto told their players to do that, but then why move a sniper like Kessel? He's a hell of a hockey player and we're about to find out how much was the media.
Regarding Kessel's perceived baggage, I hear it's every bit the Toronto Media... He will never be the team's "face" here obviously so that takes some burden off him. Malkin's always said he liked the fact he wasn't the first people came over to in the locker room. Maybe the change of scenery will be good for helping us on the Kessel Run? That's one.