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.