Well it looks like a deal is going to get done. It will be interesting to see what the Bruins get back in return for Phil Kessel. I am sure that the Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli would like this head ache to end so he can set his line up in stone. The line up won't look as good with Phil Kessel not in the line up. At the State of the Bruins adress Chiarelli said, "there are players on the roster who "could pick up the slack.'' One of them is Marco Sturm, who missed half of last season with a mangled knee that required surgery." I would bet a $1,000.00 that Marco Sturm is not going to score 35-40 and doesn't have the upside or potential that Phil Kessel does. Sturm is 31 and Kessel is 21.
Sources tell TSN the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins have reached an agreement on a trade that will deliver Phil Kessel to the Leafs.
The trade is pending Kessel agreeing to a contract with Toronto. It's a process the Leafs are working on right now.
If the contract gets done, the deal is finalized and the trade goes through. If the Maple Leafs are unable to come to terms on a contract with Kessel, the deal may fall through.
The trade would end a saga that began during the lead-up to the NHL Draft when Kessel originally appeared to be headed to Toronto in exchange for defenceman Tomas Kaberle and a draft pick. However, the deal was scuttled at the last moment due to a miscommunication over the pick. [TSN]
Cross posted at [Goon's World]