Boston Globe writer Fluto Shinzawa (would I make that up?) has suggested more than once that the Boston Bruins may trade Phil Kessel and his 2.2M cap hit during the summer.
The Bruins are looking for size and scoring in free agency and apparently would like another defenseman before training camp.
Kessel scored 1.57/60 at EVs in 07-08, which is about where Fernando Pisani and Marc Pouliot performed for the Oilers. The difference of course is that Kessel is 20 and has his future in front of him, a future that should involve 20 and 30 goal seasons.
- Age 19 (BOS) 70gp, 11-18-29, -12, 1.78EV, 1.77PP 170 shots
- Age 20 (BOS) 82gp, 19-18-37, -6, 1.62EV, 2.79PP 213 shots
“Phil the Thrill” has been benched a few times, most recently in the playoff series with Montreal this spring. At the time, Bruins GM Peter Chiarell said “You’ve seen the physicalness of this series. Skilled guys get scratched all the time. We wanted to add physical guys to our lineup. Maybe (Kessel) would have got a goal somewhere along the way, but we’re happy with our decision and Phil will learn from it. He (Kessel) is young and good. He’s only going to get better. I feel he made great strides this season. His offensive game can improve, and it has. He’s got a good shot. We like his release and offensive intuition. He’s only 20. Let’s not forget about that.” Kessel finished the playoffs this spring going 4gp, 3-1-4 for Boston.
Knowing that the Bruins may be dangling a young “first shot” scorer and that the Oilers have stated this is something they may pursue, is there interest in this talented but flawed player? If he cost this club Raffi Torres, is that something you could get behind? What about one of the 24-year old defensemen?
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