Kessel, for one, had no hand in the management failures of John Ferguson Jr., Cliff Fletcher, Brian Burke or Dave Nonis, which are at the real heart of a decade with just a single playoff appearance. Kessel didn’t botch draft picks, signings or trades. Nor did he fail behind the bench. Is Kessel a “coach killer” (as one publication described him) because management misallocated $36 million to David Clarkson or $23 million to Mike Komisarek? Or because that same group spoiled a compliance buyout on Mikhail Grabovski? Or because management, over the span of a decade, has been unable to replenish itself properly through the draft?
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