The latest news is that Nashville Predators GM has confirmed that he has been in discussions with Boston regarding Phil Kessel, and as we all know, Toronto is also in the hunt for the young forwards’ services.
Nashville does not have much to offer Boston via trade; perhaps Shea Weber (D) and Martin Erat (RW), but not much beyond that. Furthermore, I don’t believe that the Predators would want to part with Erat if they had Kessel coming in.
Toronto of course, attempted to ship Tomas Kaberle to the Bruins this June, however his no-trade clause has kicked in, meaning that Kaberle would have to approve of any trade. Toronto has more than just Kaberle to offer; Niclas Hagman (LW), Mikhail Grabovski (C), and 19 year-old Luke Schenn (D) would all look great in Black and Gold.
Stay tuned for updates.
Phil Kessel ponders his future in Boston
The Bruins have yet to sign Phil Kessel to a long-term deal, and a resolution does not appear imminent. With only $2.1M left under the cap, the B’s have little wiggle room and are dependent on Kessel to lessen his demands (he has purportedly asked for $5M/Yr…not sure how accurate this is, however).
Kessel’s shoulder injury is a real concern which is why no other teams have made a serious attempt to acquire his services. His decision to hold out probably seemed like a good idea at the time, but it’s gone too far. If Phil had a grip on reality, he would realize that;
a) His shoulder is a concern — It’s a big risk to sign him for 4-5 years for $20M+
b) He’s got it made in Boston — The fans love him. The team is built for winning.
c) He needs to take a lesson from David Krecji; Sign for less. Stay with a winner.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Phil the Thrill and I can’t blame him for trying to get the big bucks, but clearly, the interest from other teams is not there. If he wants to make $5m/year perhaps what he should do is sign one year deal, prove his shoulder is fine and put up 40 goals. If Boston is to retain him, this looks to be the only option. Signing Phil to just a one year deal may seem rather a strange move, but it’s actually quite practical–and I think Phil knows it.
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Let’s talk hockey.
When the Chiarelli era began three years ago, I predicted that the B’s would reach the conference finals by 2009. They fell one goal short.
The key parts of the team are still in place and with or without Kessel, (most likely with) the Bruins have an enormous amount of young offensive talent as well as the top defenseman and goaltender in the league. But is it enough?
Thehockeynews.com recently picked the Bruins to win the East during the regular season; I’m not sold on this assertion. Perhaps my being a Boston sports fan leads me to be naturally skeptical, but here’s the deal: The Bruins are loaded with talent, but its young talent. Boston will rely on David Krejci to provide the bulk of the scoring this year. Phil Kessel, who remains unsigned, would only be able to join the team in December as he recovers from off-season shoulder surgery. Michael Ryder had a renaissance season last year but I don’t expect him to pot more than 25 goals this year.
More to the point, we all saw what happened to Boston when some of their key guys went down in the playoffs; without Matt Hunwick and Andrew Ference on defense vs. Carolina, the Bruins looked disorganized and it showed, losing in 7 games to an inferior, yet feisty Hurricanes squad. Therefore, Boston needs to remain somewhat healthy to remain strong Cup contenders.