Word on the street is that Phil Kessel is no longer actively seeking a to re-sign with the Bruins.
Is this a huge problem? No.
Sure, I would love to see Kessel in Black & Gold for the rest of his career, but he’s not at the price that he is demanding. He’s simply not worth it. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good player and boy, can he score goals, but as I said two weeks ago, I think he is simply too fragile to warrant $5M/year — especially with a bum shoulder.
The Bruins should trade him for a high quality, reliable, scoring defenseman, *ahem*, Tomas Kaberle anyone? During last years playoff series against Carolina, the Bruins clearly missed the presence of Andrew Ferrence and Aaron Ward. It was Boston’s inability to get the puck out of their own end which wore them down and cost them the series. The team will continue to score goals with or without Kessel; everyone saw how important quality defensive help can be.
Kessel is a great scorer with natural offensive instincts, but he needs to get over himself. It’s just his third year in the league, and he’s yet to score forty goals in a season — I know he had mono last year — and he only has one move; that toe-drag-inside wrist-shot thing he does. Defenders had that figured out by December. I went to fifteen games last year and I’ve never seen one player have so many shots blocked.
That said, he’s still a good player, and the B’s need to move him while his value is still high.