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Kessel traded to Toronto

kesselSources are confirming that Phil Kessel has been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Specifics have not been confirmed, but it appears that the compensation is two 1st round picks and a 2nd rounder as well.

I will amend this posting as I receive more info… More info received!

Phil Kessel has been traded to Toronto. He has reportedly signed a 5-year deal worth $27 million. The Bruins will receive two first round picks (one in 2010, the other in 2011) and a second round pick (2010).

And so it ends…sort of. Time will tell who comes out the winner in this deal.

I believe it’s Boston.┬áBoston already has a glut of young (or not-so-old) talent on the team (Krecji, Wheeler, Lucic, Tuuka!, Savard, etc…)┬áToronto is in serious need of a rebuild, therefore tying up $27 million and giving up high draft picks has the danger of backfiring. Remember, Kessel has yet to play 82 games in a year and has only reached 60 POINTS once.

I’ll be interested to hear what the talk radio personalities in Boston have to say. (Actually, I’m just glad that they are talking hockey at all around here!)

Thoughts?

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Where will Phil land? Certainly not Boston.

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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.

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